End Back-to-school Anxiety:<br />12 Tips to Prep the Whole Family<br />
1) Spot the signs of anxiety<br />Some children are simply more apprehensive than others.<br />No matter the age, children might<br />have nightmares,<br />a change in their sleeping and eating patterns<br />develop new fears<br />talk about a friend who is nervous about school (yep, it's really them!)<br />isolate themselves<br />But a drastic change that interferes with your child's normal activities (like not sleeping or eating) should be brought to a doctor's attention.<br />
2) Chill out<br />Kids sense when parents are nervous and this can exacerbate a child's anxiety -- or create one -- about school<br />Often parents are more anxious to prep for September (finding after-school help, planning carpooling logistics, and all the mom-social-drama) but you can't make it your child's problem.<br />
3) Reroute the routine<br />Don't cut summer short but do prep kids to get their bodies ready for a school schedule by:<br />Phasing in earlier bedtimes (TV is all re-runs anyway)<br />Wake up times (squeeze in more outdoor activities while the weather is nice).<br />Face it: Children are not going to be happy about this, but they will fare much better when the alarm clock goes off at 6 a.m. come September. <br />
4) Respect their feelings<br />When your child talks about being anxious, let them vent.<br />Allow them to feel anxious and then remind her it's okay to have these feelings.<br />She's not necessarily looking for you to fix everything, she just wants you to listen.<br />Remind her that many of her classmates feel uneasy about returning to school, too, so everyone is in the same boat.<br />
5) Get psyched<br />Now that you've talked about your son's middle school angst, find out what he's excited about.<br />New school supplies?<br />New clothes?<br />Anew locker to decorate?<br />Science club?<br />Gym class?<br />Running for school president?<br />It's important to help guide your child to think about the positive. <br />
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