It’s that time of year again! The leaves are changing, the weather is cooling down, and kids are heading back to school.
The start of the school year can be an exciting time for kids. It’s a time to see old friends, make new ones, and learn many new things. But it can also be a time of anxiety and stress, especially for those starting school for the first time or moving to a new school.
If your child is having a hard time adjusting to the new school year, there are things you can do to help them get through the back-to-school blues. But first, let us understand what this condition is all about.
Why Children Experience Back-to-School Blues
There are several reasons why children may experience back-to-school blues. For one, they may be leaving the comfort of their home and family to go to a new school. This can be a big adjustment, especially for younger children.
Another reason children may experience back-to-school blues is that they are leaving behind the carefree days of summer.
Some kids may be dealing with other issues, such as bullying, peer pressure, or family problems. This can make the transition to a new school year even more difficult.
Finally, some children may simply be anxious about the academic challenges of a new school year. They may be worried about keeping up with their classmates or getting good grades.
What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Stress or Anxiety
Several signs and symptoms may indicate that someone is experiencing stress or anxiety during the back-to-school season. These can include:
- stomach ache
- feeling dizzy or lightheaded
- increased heart rate
- trembling or shaking
- shortness of breath
- difficulty concentrating
- changes in eating or sleeping habits
- withdrawing from friends and activities
- skipping class or school
If your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to reach out for help.
How to Help Your Child Through the Back-to-School Blues
If your child is having a hard time adjusting to the new school year, there are things you can do to help them get through the back-to-school blues.
Here are a few ideas:
1. Talk to Your Child about Their Feelings
Talking to your child about their feelings can help them feel more comfortable starting school. It can also help you identify areas where your child may need extra support.
It is important to create an open and safe environment for your child to talk about their feelings. This can help them understand and cope with their emotions.
2. Help Your Child Prepare for the First Day of School
Helping your child prepare for the first day of school can ease their anxiety and set them up for success.
You can help your child prepare by helping them pack their backpack, pick out their clothes, and review the school schedule. This will help to reduce some of the anxiety they may be feeling.
3. Encourage Your Child to Make Friends
Making friends is an integral part of the school experience. Help your child prepare by talking to them about ways to make friends, like sitting with their classmates at lunch or playing with them at recess.
Encourage your child to be friendly and open to meeting new people.
4. Help Your Child to Be Independent
As your child starts school, they will be expected to do more things independently.
Support your child to try new things and not be afraid to ask for help when needed. Help them to understand that it is okay to make mistakes and that they can learn from them.
5. Be Involved in Your Child’s Education
As a parent, you play an important role in your child’s education. You can support your child’s learning by being involved in their education and taking an active interest in their school work.
Your involvement will vary depending on your child’s age and stage of schooling. However, being involved in your child’s education is never too early or too late.
The beginning of the school year is always an exciting time. And your children may feel anxious or stressed about starting a new school, making new friends, or dealing with a new teacher. But there are things you can do to help your child feel more comfortable and confident. With a little planning and preparation, the start of the school year can be an exciting and enjoyable time for your child.
Virtuous Circle Counselling offers Calgary family counselling services that can help your family navigate the challenges of the back-to-school season. Our counsellors can provide guidance and support to help your family adjust to the changes and challenges of the new school year. Let us help you make the transition smoother. Schedule an appointment with us today!