For some kids, heading back to school is met with eager excitement. For others, it’s the source of much anticipation and dread. Just the thought of all that newness at once can throw some kids into a tailspin – a new class, a new classroom, new teachers, new friends, old friends, new subjects, new books – all of this together can feel quite overwhelming. As a parent, it’s often a full-time job numbing our own anxiety about sending our child off to school, let alone dealing with theirs.
I still remember those nervous butterflies in my tummy as I lay awake in bed the night before the new school year. Will the new teacher be nice or mean? Will there be friends in my class? Where will I sit for lunch? What if I miss the bus? What if I get lost? Will the work be too hard for me? Where will I go if I need help? How will I fit in?