How can I help my child who is worried about starting a new school year?

Don't underestimate the power of talking with your child to ease his or her worries about starting a new school year. Children's school worries could be about what teacher they're getting or whether they'll make new friends this year. You can help your child build confidence by working on social and conversational skills, like how to start a chat or be a good friend.

Conversely, don't plant fears or anxieties in your child's head needlessly. For instance, don't say, "I heard one of the third-grade teachers is really tough. I hope you don't get that one." Or, "Do you think that child who bullied other kids last year will be in your class?" Children pick up on parents' signals. If you approach school with an upbeat, positive attitude, your child will likely follow your example.

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