School activities are in full swing once again. While back-to-school can be an exciting time for students, it can also trigger some nerves, stress and even heightened anxiety. It’s crucial we recognize the potential toll the transition can take on the mental health of kids, regardless of age.
For younger children where academic-related stress is not necessarily an issue, being away from the familiarity of home and family can cause unrest. Students further along in their academic career often encounter pressure to perform in the classroom that coincides with various life changes that come with adolescence. Preparing to juggle an active social life, new class schedule and extracurriculars all while planning for the future can overwhelm individuals as they embark on a new school year.
While experiencing self-doubt and navigating school-life balance can be tough, it’s important parents and guardians understand how to not only help their children during times of transition, but also remain mindful of mental health and wellness along the way.
KidsTLC Director of Risk Management and Compliance, Dan Lash, is a licensed therapist who has done extensive work with children and young adults throughout his professional career. We spoke with Lash to gain insight and gather five concrete tips to help parents effectively support their kids during the busy back-to-school shuffle.
As we close the chapter on summer, consider how these tips can be applied to you and your child’s daily routine this school year. There are ways to handle the stress and uncertainty the classroom can bring, but it all starts with communication between you and your child. Be open, listen well and ask questions. Check out some additional resources from Mental Health America below:
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