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Help your child's anxiety about going to school

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Whether your child started back to school this week or earlier this month you're probably still trying to get them accustomed to the new routine. The first few weeks of a new school year can be overwhelming for kids of all ages.

The first couple weeks of school bring a lot of emotions, excitement, curiosity, and even nervousness as they get used to a new environment and new people. It's all completely normal but education specialists say there are some things you can do to help to make sure those back to school jitters don't turn into something more. Often times that can result in kids saying they don't want to go to school, not wanting to play with other kids, or might even lead to trouble in the classroom.

There are signs to look for during the first two weeks of school that may indicate your child is feeling some anxiety. They include complaints of headaches or stomachaches, clinginess, problems sleeping, confidence issues, or avoiding social situations.

One way to help your child feel better is to let them know that you're in control. Take some time to prepare for the next day by packing their lunch early and set out their clothes. This help have a less rushed morning which could make your child feel more at ease during the day.

If your child is acting unusual for more than 2 weeks, you should talk to them to see what's making them so nervous. Then, work with your child's teacher or counselor to come up with a solution.

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