The first day of school is filled with great excitement. With the new uniforms ready and the fresh new school supplies all set to be broken into, there is much anticipation! For some children, this also comes with a little bit of anxiety. Being nervous on the first day of school is natural, but there are a few things we can do to ease help them with some of these nerves.
As adults, we tend to have less anxiety when we are prepared. Children are the same way. The first day of school can be filled with many unknowns and lots of uncertainty. This is especially true if your child is starting a new school. Having an organized beginning to the school year and knowing what to expect can make the difference between a few healthy nerves and full-fledged fear and anxiety.
Firstly, start by validating their concerns. Never underestimate the power of being understanding. Remind them that being nervous is a natural emotion, but that there are steps that can be taken to make this emotion feel less overwhelming. Have a frank discussion with your child about their concerns, so that you know where you need to put most of your efforts.