September is soon approaching and there’s a big word on the lips of our Preschoolers… “SCHOOL!”
Excitement can be mixed with nerves and anxiety so let’s talk about worries.
No one likes to see their child upset, but the best way to deal with their problems isn’t to ignore them and focus on something else, but to tackle them and to help them deal with the issue. Afterall, the goal isn’t to eliminate worries, but to help your children manage them.
Don’t avoid their worries. When focusing on dealing with worries, make sure to respect their feelings, help them think things through and model good ways to deal with anxiety. Dealing with worries can be tricky, but we’ve got some tips on how to help!
The Worry Jar
Giving children a place to store their worries is the best place to start. One of the things you can do is create a worry jar for your child so they can write down their worries and put them in there. This is a way of having dealt with the problem and letting your child express how that worry makes them feel. It will also open up conversations about ways to deal with that worry.
Evaluate the worry jars every month and take out the ones that no longer worry your child! :)
Tips for you at Home
When talking about change and starting school, here are some things to consider:
- Come up with a routine that will comfort your child that you will do before and after school.
- TALK! Always talk about school and what they might do there.
- Reach out to other parents whose children will be attending the same school. If your child goes to Acorns, contact the staff on Famly who will let you know.
- Start a worry jar! (Place notes of your child’s worries in the jar like our worry monsters!)
- Model calm energy.
- Take visits to the school through the summer.
- Practice home run school activities such as putting on PE kits or registration.
- Check out this blog for more ideas on settling first day anxiety.