The fall marks the beginning of many things. most notably the beginning of school. It’s not uncommon for back to school excitement to wear off or be accompanied by anxiety or stress about new teachers, new classmates or increased workloads.  Children who are entering new schools or making the move to middle school or high school may feel even more overwhelmed than usual.

As a parent, you want the best for your child, so give them a head start by helping them get prepared mentally for the coming year.

  • Help your child get excited about the new school year. When they see your excitement, it helps them feel reassured.
  • Visit your child’s school and help them get acquainted with where they’ll find things like their classes, the gym and the lunchroom.  
  • It’s normal for children to feel nervous about the first day of school.  Be supportive and talk with them about how they are feeling.
  • Stay engaged.  When your child comes home each day, ask about their day.  Learn about what they are doing, their teachers and their friends.
  • Encourage your child to get involved in school activities.

Anxiety and stress about starting school is normal for a child and usually passes within the first few days or weeks. If  behaviors seem to last longer than usual and you are concerned, it may be time to seek professional help to ensure your child can be provided with a happy and healthy childhood.