Parenting expert, Michelle Nietert, says getting back on a schedule will ease the first day of school jitters. It helps to get the backpacks packed and everything laid out so there’s not this anxiety about what to do.
If your kids are still anxious, have them imagine what it’s going to be like for them to walk through the door and then we look at what they’re thinking and what they’re feeling. If they’re feeling a seven or eight, we want to ask them what could you do to feel a little better. So we want to see if they can come up with it and then if they can’t we could give them some choices. Michelle says you can remind kids of that phrase we heard a lot in 2020, “we’re all in this together”. It’ll be different, but school is school.
Another tip from Michelle is to make their favorite breakfast, something to start the day off on a positive note when they head back to school.