Helping your child’s fears and anxiety about returning to school

Staff Writer
Baystateparent Magazine

Getting ready for a new school year can be a stressful time. From making sure kids have all the supplies they need to how they will manage their classes, anxiety and stress can become overwhelming for parents. Add in the the stress and anxiety of a global pandemic, parents might be left wondering how they will get their kids through the school year.

While this time of year and the unprecedented circumstances is undoubtedly weighing on parents, kids are also having to deal with the fear and anxiety of going back to school during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Because of the uncertainty surrounding the 2020 school year, mental health professionals say it is important to talk to your kids about their mental well being. Although the topic is serious, experts say conversations with your kids to have to be and can be done in a fun way to ease your child’s fears.

Here are a few tips according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about how to talk to your children.

- Remain calm and keep it simple.

- Reassure children that they are safe.

- Make yourself available to listen and talk.

- Avoid language that might blame others.

- Pay attention to what children see or hear on television, radio or online.

- Provide information that is truthful and appropriate.

- Teach children everyday actions to reduce the spread of germs.

- Discuss any new actions that might be taken at school to help protect children and school staff.