Dealing With Back-to-School Jitters - Part 3 of a 5 Part Series

If your child is dreading their return to the classroom, try these solutions!

Going from long, lazy summer days back to the rigors of a classroom can be a bumpy road for your child. It is normal for them to experience a range of emotions about returning to school. Though each child responds to going back to school differently, you can take steps to address jitters and make the transition time smoother.

SOCIAL WORRIES: A new class roster can mean adjusting without friends who have provided a social base in previous years. Try to present this as an opportunity for your child to widen his group of friends, rather than a tragic loss of familiar faces. If possible, get the class list and set up a play date before school starts, so that your child will have a new friend to look for on the first day. Establish time for him to catch up with old friends too. 

A new school or classroom may spark concerns about finding friends at all. An outside class or hobby such as ballet or a sport can provide a conversation starter and the opportunity to meet kids outside your child's usual circles. Talking the them about other challenging situations that they successfully navigated also boosts self-esteem.

Courtesy of: www.scholastic.com
 
Photo: Dealing With Back-to-School Jitters - Part 3 of a 5 Part Series  If your child is dreading their return to the classroom, try these solutions!  Going from long, lazy summer days back to the rigors of a classroom can be a bumpy road for your child. It is normal for them to experience a range of emotions about returning to school. Though each child responds to going back to school differently, you can take steps to address jitters and make the transition time smoother.  SOCIAL WORRIES:  A new class roster can mean adjusting without friends who have provided a social base in previous years.  Try to present this as an opportunity for your child to widen his group of friends, rather than a tragic loss of familiar faces.  If possible, get the class list and set up a play date before school starts, so that your child will have a new friend to look for on the first day.  Establish time for him to catch up with old friends too.    A new school or classroom may spark concerns about finding friends at all.  An outside class or hobby such as ballet or a sport can provide a conversation starter and the opportunity to meet kids outside your child's usual circles.  Talking the them about other challenging situations that they successfully navigated also boosts self-esteem.  Courtesy of:  www.scholastic.com
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