Decrease Back to School Distress

Going back to school is an exciting time for children and parents but it can cause some distress. The emotional well-being of our children should be a priority in our homes and schools. Since younger children cannot verbally express the emotions they are feeling they may act out behaviorally.

Here are some suggestions to help:

  • Make time to talk with your child. Limit electronic devices and TV in order to have their full attention.
  • Listen to your child. While listening be aware of your non-verbal communication. Children pay closer attention to your non-verbal communication than they do verbal communication.
  • Pay close attention to changes in your child’s behavior.
    1. Understand what your child is feeling and why.
    2. Teach your child words such as happy, sad and angry. Teach them what they mean so they can express their feelings. Encourage them to use those words to describe their emotions.