Posted on Apr 15, 2006 | Comments 0
Back-to-school worries can affect both straight a students and those who are barely making it through. First of all, it is important to determine whether your child is suffering from school stress.
Back To School Worries
Does he or she have a negative outlook about the start of school? Is he or she complaining of stomachaches or headaches? Is he or she grumbling about heading back to class?
Is he or she reluctant to purchase school supplies? Is your child a loner? If you answered, â€œyesâ€ to any of the preceding questions, your child could be showing signs of school stress.
However, it is entirely possible that these signs are symptoms of something else. Thatâ€™s why it is so important for your son or daughter to have a check-up with a pediatrician before heading back to school.
The physical examination could reveal information about your childâ€™s health that is critical for his or her overall well-being. If, however, the check-up indicates that your child may be reacting to stress, youâ€™ll need to engage in some stress management techniques.
Stress Management Techniques â€“ Heart to Heart Talk
The most important of these is to have a heart-to-heart talk with your child. See if your child can articulate his or her fears. You might consider having your child draw a picture of his or her school, if communication is a problem.
Sometimes, you can tell a great deal from a childâ€™s drawing. In your discussions, try to answer your childâ€™s concerns as openly and honestly as you can. For instance, if your child has worries about a particular teacher, consider making an appointment with the teacher so that you can hash out concerns.
Stress Management – First Time Entrance to School
If your child is entering school for the first time, make sure that he or she receives a tour of the school. A little bit of information can go a long way in addressing your childâ€™s concerns.
Stress Management – Confidence
Re-establish confidence in your child by saying that you will love him or her no matter what his or her grades are, but also tell your child of your hopes. Make sure that you let your child know that you expect him or her to do his or her personal best each day.
Stress Management â€“ Shopping Spree
This can help most important to your child for success, while letting him or her know that you will always provide support. Another helpful tactic is to take your child on a back-to-school shopping spree.
Make sure that he or she is intimately involved in picking out folders and pencil cases. Such a shopping spree can help to equate school with fun. You might also consider taking your child on a trip to find a new wardrobe.
Dressed for success, your child may be better able to cope with the demands of school. You might consider taking him or her to a child psychologist, if your childâ€™s stress level is severe.
This is an individual who is trained to listen to a child and to counsel him or her. Going for counseling isnâ€™t a sign of weaknessâ€”it is a sign of strength. You may find that your child is happier in the long run after going for some counseling sessions.
You might also consider family counseling if it seems as if your entire clan is under stress. For referrals for a counselor, you might want to consult with your family physician or local mental health agency.
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