Another frequently seen back-to-school response can include anxiety and worry. Some kids develop separation anxiety or school-related worries, and others may have nightmares. Even kids who don’t typically worry may have temporary anxiety as they think about returning to school. The best way to help a worrying child is to discuss and refute the specific issues that concern him. Explain that he is not alone—that every child feels some concern about the new year. It is also helpful to remind your child that he has adjusted in all prior years, and that if necessary you will help him navigate the tough stuff. Don’t spend too much time talking about back-to-school worries because too much conversation will reinforce them. Instead, help your child focus on enjoying the end of the summer.
The summer may be almost over, but let’s all remember that returning to school means another year of emotional growth, friendship, and important life experience. You can’t beat that!