Anxiety, excitement, and anticipation.
They’re only some of the emotions children may feel heading into a new school year.
How can you fight the negative feelings? A psychiatrist suggests getting your kids back into the normal school year routine now – a week before school starts.
Dr. Susan Baer in the Mood and Anxiety Disorder Clinic at BC Children’s Hospital.
“Things like re-adjusting sleep schedules that might of gotten a bit out of whack this summer, getting some schools supplies, doing a little bit of back to school shopping, maybe doing some play dates with school friends, it all gets kids back into that school frame of mind and eases that transition.”
“Probably a little bit easier to actually start getting up earlier, it’s hard to force yourself to go to sleep but if you gradually start moving the wake up time then the going to bed time starts to adjust.”
Baer says signs of extreme anxiety in children include stomach aches, trouble sleeping, and difficulty talking to people other than family, and refusing to separate from a parent at school.
She was speaking on The Jill Bennett Show.