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Signs of Back to School Anxiety:
- Continually asking reassurances even after satisfactory assurance. You may hear questions like “Will my friends be in my class?” “Do we still get a lunch break?” “Can I call home if I have a problem?”
- Your child may suddenly complain of stomachache, headache or fatigue without any evident illness.
- Changes in sleep pattern, difficulty falling asleep and waking up worried are all symptoms of rejoining school anxiety.
- Avoiding school-related gatherings, meet-and-greet orientations and catch up with schoolfellows.
How Can Parents Help with Back To School Anxiety?
Acknowledge your Child’s Worries:
Practice School Routine:
Model Behaviours that you Appreciate:
Ensure Enough Sleep:
The sudden shift from summer wake-up time to school wake-up time leads to lack of sleep. This adds to crankiness and fatigue in kids. Consider moving your kid’s wake-up time closer to school time a few weeks prior to school. Also, a daily nap after school can be helpful. Keep screens outside the bedroom.
If these symptoms do not go away in a few days and your child is consistently worried consider seeking the help of a child psychologist. A licensed mental health professional who specializes in child anxiety can be of great help.