As any student will tell you, the New Year doesn’t start on January 1st; it’s the first day of school.  While some children may be excited about the new school year, others might experience a little anxiety about new experiences.

Here are some ways to make the first day of school a little easier:

  • Remind your child that they are not the only student who is a bit uneasy about the first day of school. Teachers know that students are anxious and will make an extra effort to make sure everyone feels as comfortable as possible.
  • Point out the positive aspects of starting school: It will be fun. They'll see old friends and meet new ones. Refresh their positive memories about previous years, when he or she may have returned home after the first day with high spirits because they had a good time.
  • Find another child in the neighborhood with whom your youngster can walk to school or ride with on the bus.
  • If you feel it is appropriate, drive your child (or walk with them) to school and pick them up on the first day.

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Source: American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)