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How you can help your child manage back-to-school anxiety


Anglicare Southern Queensland offers practical and helpful tips to assist families manage the back-to-school transition

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It’s that time of the year again!

Those summer days of sleeping in, catching up with friends and family and going away on family holiday are about to make way for precision-timed school drop-offs and pick-ups, packed lunches and homework.

With students having been at home for the past six weeks during the Christmas and New Year break, it’s more than enough time to adjust but for the first-timers, there are also new teachers, new classmates, new routines and new lessons to add in the mix.

Understandably, all this change means starting or returning to school can be an emotionally turbulent time for some children. It’s perfectly normal for parents, too, to have strong feelings about their ‘baby’ growing up and even their own experiences at school.

Children are often highly attuned to parents’ feelings so be aware that your child may sense any distress you are feeling, which may in turn affect the way they look at school.

Here are some tips for helping your child deal with any back to school anxiety.

The first day of school 

At the end of the day

It’s important to remember that every child and family is different – you will have good days and may have some more challenging days. There is no set time for how long it will take your child to settle into a new school but, generally, most feelings around starting school tend to be short-lived.

First published on the Anglicare Southern Queensland website on 22 January 2021.

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