September 13 | By Rachael
Children, whether in elementary, middle or high school, feel jittery when it is time to go back to school after a long break. The beginning of school can be tough for them as well as for parents. Children have to make the transition from a new place or a new grade and are fearful of what is in store. They worry excessively about their ability to fit in, whether they would be able to make new friends or their new teachers would be as cooperative as the ones before. Those who built a comfort zone in their old classroom may find the very thought of accepting a new environment discomforting.
While a preadolescent or a teen might face initial hiccups and display different forms of truant behavior, with time some of them manage to adjust to the new setting. While senior kids are more likely to be defiant and feign disinterest, younger children could throw a tantrum and refuse to be away from their parents.
Courtney Keeton, a child psychologist at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, says that while it is natural for a child to be anxious when summer ends and school beckons, continued disinterest, reluctance and fear for more than a few weeks warrants clinical intervention. Some of the “red flags” include: physical symptoms such as fatigue and stomachaches, avoidance of normal day-to-day activities, and difficulty getting along with siblings or with other family members.
After a fun-filled summer caper, school signals the beginning of the daily rigmarole of homework, paying attention in class and improving performance. However, parents can help their child overcome the anxiety when entering a new grade or class by ensuring the following:
Children’s behavior signals a lot about their mental health. If they are having a hard time adjusting to the changes around them and their grades seem to be falling, it’s time to contact a mental health professional. Timely diagnosis will help the young individuals get over their worries, gain confidence and be the winner.
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