Make the transition to the school year less stressful
Some anxiety with a new school year is normal, psychologist Devin Carey says. Talking with your child before school starts can help alleviate worries.
Transitioning from summer vacation to back-to-school can be an adjustment for both parents and children. With the carefree days of summer gone, getting back into a school year routine can be overwhelming and stressful, but it doesn't have to be.
"Transitions for anyone can be stressful. Kids often react to stress in different ways from adults, and parents should watch for any significant changes in mood or behavior," says Devin Carey, PhD, pediatric psychologist at Lurie Children's Primary Care -- Town & Country Pediatrics.
"The anxiety of beginning the academic year tends to be the hardest when kids are starting a new school or during transitions, such as from elementary to middle school or middle school to high school," says Carey.
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