Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Back to School Fears

My kindergartner was nervous the first day of school, but his mom and dad were definitely more nervous. My husband followed the bus to school the first few days to make sure he got out safely and wasn't scared. Isn't that sweet? I never rode the bus as a kid, so I was worried about everything from kids being mean to him getting off at the wrong stop. He has had some trouble with older girls who sit behind him, but overall, he seems to really like the bus and school. It is still strange to me that I don't see/talk to the other kids' parents like I did at preschool. I miss that part, but I don't miss being a taxi cab. How is the beginning of school going for your kids?

Oh and my little one starts preschool next week. He says SuSu(Susie) is his teacher! My oldest called her Snoozie.

FROM NBC: Ready or not, it's back to school time! While many parents have no problem getting their kids in the back to school groove, for some – this week and the next few to follow can be a trying time! Britney Glaser explains why in tonight's medical minute.
1st grader Lucas Vangossen has mixed emotions about heading back to school.(SOT: Lucas VanGossen) "I'm a little excited, a little not." Lucas had what turned out to be a great year of kindergarten last year, but its rocky start is something that mom Barbara still remembers. (SOT: Barbara VanGossen, Mother) "There were times when he wouldn't get out of the car – times when we would walk him in and have to sit for quite a while." Licensed therapist Chauntelle Lejeune says that many young kids who enter a new environment will experience separation anxiety.(SOT: Chauntelle LeJeune, Therapist) "You'll see crying, you might see phone calls home from school on a regular basis where the child's complaining of a stomach ache, headache, they threw up – but then you get them home and everything's good." Four percent of children between the ages of six and 12 have significant struggles with separation anxiety. (SOT: Chauntelle LeJeune, Therapist) "If it continues for weeks and weeks and it's starting to escalate, then you know you have a real issue on your hands." The number one way to reduce the stress and anxiety is to establish a routine. (SOT: Chauntelle LeJeune, Therapist) "Routine is comforting to children, so if there's more of a routine happening, then there's less chance of anxiety problems." Talking to your child in a casual way about what they're feeling can open up a dialogue where assurance can be offered. (sot: Barbara Vangossen, mother) "I would try to explain to him that we would never leave him anywhere unless we knew he was perfectly safe." For Lucas, his anxiety was alleviated within the first couple of weeks of the school year thanks to consistency and comfort from his parents – and a nugget of wisdom from his kindergarten teacher.

-NewsAnchorMom Jen

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