How to support your kids as they head back to school

It's important for parents to support their children as they begin a new academic year.

Family therapist and clinical social worker Talya Ressel says it is always a new start for young ones.

Ressel says parents need to work on creating a positive experience for their children and help manage the anxiety around this time.

She warns against imposing their own past experiences on children or dismissing their fears.

  • ask your child how they are feeling
  • listen
  • acknowledge the anxiety or stress
  • help set some goals
  • help problem solve, where warranted
  • model a positive expectation
  • let children learn and develop skills themselves
  • be a team with your child's teachers

Take a listen to her tips:


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