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Sending the Kids Back to Class

Jessica

By Jessica on August 07, 2014

Ah yes, the summer has flown by and once again school is only a few weeks (or days) away. As you start to put away the sunscreen and stock up on sandwich bags, we wanted to pass along some suggestions for those planning to send their child into the land of academia.

When your child heads off to the first day of school, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the following tips:

  • Remind your child that there are probably a lot of students who are uneasy about the first day of school. Teachers know that students are anxious and will make an extra effort to make sure everyone feels as comfortable as possible.

  • Point out the positive aspects of starting school: It will be fun! They'll see old friends and meet new ones. Refresh their positive memories about previous years, when they may have returned home after the first day with high spirits because they had a good time.

  • If you aren't driving them to school, find another child in the neighborhood with whom your youngster can walk to school or ride on the bus.

  • If you feel it is appropriate, drive your child (or walk with her) to school and pick her up on the first day.

As the school year progresses be sure to continually check in with your children as unexpected difficulties can arise throughout the year. Jen Kelman, an Expert on JustAnswer, recommends the following tips to get through the school year.

  • Normalize your child's feelings.

  • Reflect back for them how you as the parent can remember those same feelings when you were a child and how you dealt with them.

  • Do not tell them it will be okay and they will be alright....this causes them to push their feelings away.

  • Encourage them to talk about their fears and worries.

  • Use storytelling as a way to have them imagine what school will be like.

  • Encourage them to let their teacher know if they are feeling scared or worried.

  • Role play different scenarios in school so they have some internal skills to deal with things as they arise.  Nothing scary..only fun things.

Keep these ideas in mind throughout the school year to help the entire family cope with changes and potential confrontations. Providing your children with the confidence and tools they need to interact with other students and their educators will allow them to focus on their education. If the need arises, remember Experts on JustAnswer are here to help, 24/7.