(Meredith) – It is back to school time and it is bound to be stressful for many boys and girls who may be going for the first time, or maybe it’s been a year since they were in a classroom.
Julia Edelstein, the Editor in Chief of Parents Magazine, has some tips for parents and their little ones who are dealing with back-to-school anxiety.
The 2021-2022 school year is shaping up to be a big transition for many families who were doing remote school for the last year and change.
“So, if your kid has some worries or you have worries, that’s totally understandable and we at Parents Magazine are here to reassure you and help you through the transition confidence and feeling comfortable,” Edelstein said.
Edelstein says one of the big things they found is parents are worried about separation anxiety.
It is many children’s first time ever being apart from their parents and other kids have separated in the past but have gotten used to having their parents at home and doing school at home. It can feel difficult to separate for a full school day.
“One thing that can really help is to practice now so you know the week or two before school take some date nights. Book a babysitter, give your child some practice in the notion that you leave and come back and help them to see that an adult you trust is an adult that they can trust. You are entrusting your teacher with your child and they should feel completely comfortable going to that teacher with any worries or concerns they have, if they are not feeling well or if they are feeling sad, the teacher is there to help them just as the parents would,” Edelstein said.
Edelstein says if the school does not have a visit to the classroom before the school year starts, try and do your own version. Drive to school and show your child where the entrance is and where you will pick them up.
“Having a run through will take away a lot of the anxiety for your kid. They will no longer be wondering what it’s going to be like. The more you can show them in advance with pictures of the school, the less worried your child will be when that big day comes,” Edelstein said.
Edelstein also says to keep the separation low-key. Making it too much of a big deal can lead to your child feeling overcome by emotion.
For more back to school tips visit parents.com or read this month’s issue of Parents Magazine.
Parents Magazine is published by the parent company of this news station, The Meredith Corporation.