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How Can I Help My Child Cope With Back-to-School Anxiety?

19 January 2022 11:38 AM
Tags:
Back to School
Anxiety
School refusal

Abongile Nzelenzele speaks to Dr Jenny Ros, Clinical psychologist about anxiety among children going back to school.

- Clinical psychologist Dr Jenny Ros says back-to-school anxiety is completely normal

- She shares some tips on supporting your children who may be stressed about returning to the classroom


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The transition back to school can be a stressful time, so what can you do as a parent to help make the return to class as stress-free as possible for your kids?

Clinical psychologist Dr Jenny Ros says going back to school can be an anxiety-provoking time for kids and parents, and it's important to remember that feeling anxious or stressed is completely normal:

It's a big transition for kids, especially if it's their first time attending school

Dr Jenny Ros, Clinical psychologist

Whenever there is a transition, we need to know that comes with some cautiousness and apprehension

Dr Jenny Ros, Clinical psychologist

Ros says there are a few signs to look out for which could indicate your child is anxious about going to school:

It's a feeling of a knot in your tummy, we maybe see some resistant behavior, perhaps some trouble sleeping.

Dr Jenny Ros, Clinical psychologist

Our job as parents, is to contain them and regulate them through that...

Dr Jenny Ros, Clinical psychologist

And what's the best way to support our kids through their anxiety? Preparation, says Ros.

We wanna prepare kids so much about what they can expect for their school day...it's gonna provide such containment for them.

Dr Jenny Ros, Clinical psychologist

When you dropping them off, don't linger, don't hesitate...our lingering is the very thing that communicates to them that they should feel anxious.

Dr Jenny Ros, Clinical psychologist

RELATED:School refusal can be a sign of something deeper, a psychologist explains




19 January 2022 11:38 AM
Tags:
Back to School
Anxiety
School refusal

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