By Daniel Sheras, Psy.D.

Anxiety in children is often due to fear of the unknown. They may by thinking: What will happen if I get lost between classes? What if no one will sit with me at lunch? How much homework will I have? Often, this anxiety will dissipate after a child starts the new activity and gains a better understanding of the new environment. And while this is not a replacement for real-life experiences, you as a parent can go over some possible scenarios and plans of action with your child before the activity to help reduce some initial anxiety. These strategies are most helpful when parents can set a relaxed, comfortable tone. Examples of helpful interactions may include:

Starting the school year is an important and exciting step for your child, yet can be painful for a highly anxious child. As a parent, take solace knowing your loving support can help your child through these hurdles and onto having a wonderful school year. If you notice that your child requires an inordinate amount of reassurance from you and continues to experience excessive worry, consulting with a child psychologist is recommended.

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DEC 1, 2021

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