Are you concerned that your child may be anxious about the start of the school year?
The beginning of a school year is an exciting time that can bring a few challenges to some families. The anticipation of a new school year may bring anxiety to some of our young children which will result in tears and refusal to go to school instead of smiles and an eager attitude. For these children there are ways to help them ease into the new school year. Parents should begin now speaking positively about school. Be aware of your own attitudes as your attitude may inadvertently become your child’s attitude. Your child will know if you are anxious and sad about them leaving home! Children need to know that going to school is not an option. Be firm and matter of fact regarding their attendance at school. If you have a child who is having difficulty separating you may want to wait at least 1-2 weeks before eating lunch with them at school. Most of the time children will stop crying once they have settled into the classroom and parents have left the room. Often the tears will start up again when the parent leaves lunch. As the school year progresses your child will gain confidence and self esteem as they realize they are able to go to class on their own!! Please feel free to contact me if you are having difficulty at home with separation anxiety. We want your child’s school experience to be positive!!