Tomorrow is a big day for those who have children returning to school. Anxious feelings are normal and expected during times of transition or change for both children and parents. Prior to the first day of school, your anxious child may cling, cry, have strong emotions, complain of headaches or stomach pains, withdraw, and become sullen or irritable.
For younger children who are nervous about separating, suggest taking a special object to school that reminds him of home and you, for example a rock or crystal they can keep in their pocket. A reassuring note in a child’s lunch can also help ease separation anxiety. Draw a love heart on the palm of yours and your child's hand and let them know to look at it when they feel worried and that it will be a reminder of your love and connection.
And try discussing problem solving ideas for their anxiety, instead of saying 'don't worry, everything will be ok' try 'I can see you look worried, let's talk about it' and try coming up with ideas together so they have the tools and skills they need when they are faced with situations they feel anxious or stressed about 💛💛💛.