EDGEWATER, N.J. --Got a child at home feeling anxious about heading back to school?
These are normal feelings, explains Barbara Altman, MSW, LCSW, DCSW, a family counselor in private practice in Edgewater.
She offers the following tips for eliminating anxieties.
* Start preparing for school early by going to bed and getting up at school time to acclimate to the new schedule.
That also means having meals at regular times.
* Make shopping fun. Choose backpacks, school supplies, and objects needed to fill cubbies and lockers. Shopping alleviates stress.
* Prepare your child’s study area. Encourage level of participation based on child’s age.
* Strengthen coping skills. It's important to develop a trusting and unhurried relationship with your child or teen. Talk to your child and find out while he/she knows and fears.
* Encourage you child to develop a problem solving approach to concerns such as how to make new friends, deal with a bully, etc. Practice different scenarios.
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