We had a lot of back to school nerves in our house this year! It wasn’t much different than last year, to be honest. The kids were worried about who their teacher would be, what friends would be in their class along with many other worries that are hard to handle when starting something new.
Kids often have similar worries when they start up a new extracurricular activity. It is the fear of the unknown.
Here are some tips to help ease back to school nerves:
Project Confidence. We all have concerns for our little ones, especially when they face a potentially challenging situation. To help your child prepare for their new environment act how you want them to feel. Little ones can easily pick up on how you feel and it will have a significant impact on how they feel themselves. If you show them that you are happy and excited for the change, rather than concerned and fearful, they are more likely to feel positive about the transition.
Help Them Connect. Transitions are always easier with a friend by your side! Where possible, help your child find a connection with a new friend before school or their new activity starts. This can be accomplished by setting up play dates or visiting local parks and community centers. Once your little one has at least one new friend, the new environment will be much less scary.
Scope Out the Scene. Sometimes the biggest trepidation around a new school or activity is the fear of the unknown. In advance of the first day, practice your commute to the new school or activity with your child. Once you arrive, take some time to look around and get aquainted with the new place. The more they can explore in advance, the more confident they will feel.
Be Yourself. Remind your little ones that even though they’ll feel pressure to fit in, they should be unique, be different and be themselves. Encourage them to pursue their interests and act as they would if they were at home.
Don’t forget to remind your children that no matter what happens, you have their backs every step of the way! You are a team!
Perhaps your little one might like to play with Gooliope Jellington, Monster High’s newest ghoul in town. She finds it difficult to determine where she fits in, especially beacause she feels a bit different from her peers. Towering over the other ghouls at over 15 feet tall, Gooliope knows first-hand the importance for welcoming and accepting others, with their unique traits and all.
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