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Helping your child cope with back to school anxiety 

August 5, 2019

A new school year symbolizes a fresh start for students. While new transitions can be exciting, they can also sometimes be scary.

Back to school anxiety in children is not uncommon. In fact, the Child Mind Institute says kids who are typically easy going may even experience symptoms of anxiety. When this occurs, it's best for parents to be supportive and understanding.

Listen to your child's concerns

Instead of dismissing your child's fears when they express their anxiety, it's best that parents acknowledge their worries. Make sure your child feels safe and secure, while also strategizing ideas that will help them handle the situations that seem scary. Validation is key.

Practice prior to the start of school

Before the big first day, it might be helpful to visit the school with your child to help them become acclimated to the new setting. Make sure your student knows how to locate all of the areas of the school they will have to frequent, such as the library and cafeteria. It might also be beneficial to allow your child to meet with their teacher prior to school starting.

Talk with teachers and staff

Discussing your child's anxiety with the school's professionals is a great idea. This awareness will allow the school to better serve your child. Perhaps you can ask a member of staff to be there waiting for your student on the first day so they feel less alone. It's always important to remain in close communication with your child's teacher throughout the school year.

Talk to a mental health professional

When anxiety issues persist, it is wise to seek guidance from a mental health professional. At Clearwater Counseling, PC, our therapists are trained to help children cope with separation problems, anxiety and other fears. All children deserve to experience a stress-free and happy school year. Our team is here to lend a helping hand when needed.

To schedule your child's appointment with Clearwater Counseling, PC, please call 308-210-8487 or email


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