3 Tips to Ease Back To School Jitters
Here’s how to help your child deal with back to school anxiety due to a life change caused by moving or a divorce.
As parents, we try our best to prepare our children for anything that comes their way, especially unavoidable changes! Whether your child is experiencing an upheaval due to a life change caused by a divorce or moving, it can prove challenging and be a bumpy road for your child starting at a new school. While Amazon offers a multitude of products that empower both our children and us inside and outside the classroom, we are here to help ensure your child obtain what they need to have a successful school year.
So in addition to checking off the list of necessary school supplies, we’re sharing three tips to ease back-to-school jitters.
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Soothe Your Child's Nerves
Though each child is different, you can take steps to address fears in order to make the transition smoother. I’ve found that by asking my child open-ended questions it gave her the space to talk through her feelings. However, if your child expresses a specific worry or concern, try to keep it in perspective and find out what makes them feel that way — and see where the conversation leads. Another creative way to soothe your child’s [and mama’s] nerves, is with these back-to-school reads: First Day Jitters, Keena Ford and the Second-Grade Mix-Up, and Charlie Goes to School.
Use Orientation As A Warm-up Opportunity
Starting a new class and school without friends or a social foundation can have your child in an emotional state of mind. Get your child prepared for that traditional first day of school by attending the back to school orientation. Try to use the orientation as an opportunity for your child to get to know not only their new teacher. But also as a tool to meet their new classmates before the first day of school. This will lay a foundation and give your child a few new friends to look forward to on the first day of class.
While it may be tempting to apply your own experience to your child's life, do keep in mind it is normal for each child to react to a new school in their own way. Remember, your child is not you! I found that simply listening and providing reassurance can reduce your child's anxiety. One activity that proves to be fun and calming, is having your child write a letter to their old friends and teacher. Be sure to have have your child include all the new things they’ve experienced, as well as what they’re looking forward to.