Parents have a lot on their plate: mortgage payments, healthcare, caring for elderly parents, raising kids, just to name a few. As the new school year approaches, they
face additional stressors – paying for back-to-school supplies, clothes and possibly tuition. Many parents may also be worried about their children starting a new school,
changing school districts, facing a more rigorous academic year or dealing with difficult social situations. Often the fear of the unknown – classmates, teachers,
the school building – is the most stressful for family members, whether it’s the children hopping on the school bus or their parents who have to wave goodbye.
“The end of summer and the beginning of a new school year can be a stressful time for parents and children,” says psychologist Lynn Bufka, PhD. “While trying to manage
work and the household, parents can sometimes overlook their children’s feelings of nervousness or anxiety as school begins. Working with your children to build
resilience and manage their emotions can be beneficial for the psychological health of the whole family.”
Fortunately, children are extremely capable of coping with change and parents can help them in the process by providing a setting that fosters resilience and encourages
them to share and express their feelings about returning to school. APA offers the following back-to-school tips:
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