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Ease your child's mind about the returning to class.
Maia used to get stomachaches, like clockwork, at about 3 p.m. every Sunday afternoon. They typically started around Labour Day and finally eased off sometime in May. We tried a number of different ways to get rid of those tummy-aches: we watched her diet, we tried distraction and we took up yoga. The cause? Anxiety about school.
Finally we went with home schooling, but that’s not an option for every family (or a even desirable choice for every kid).
According to a new national Angus Reid survey, Maia is not alone when it comes to back-to-school stress. Forty-two percent of Canadian parents report that their kids show an increase in anxiety levels as school approaches.
BC, it turns out, is a hotbed of stressed-out kids, with 47 percent of them worrying about things like new schedules (72 percent), being overwhelmed by homework (59 percent) and new teachers (35 percent).
Stress isn’t good for us, but it is normal, and most of us have had to help our kids deal with it at one time or another. Dr. Stephen Whiteside, child psychologist at the Mayo Clinic, offered these tips for back to school stress:
The Vancouver School Board also offers stress-reducing tips on their website which include:
If your kids stay anxious consider talking to their teacher or you family doctor. Stress sucks and your child shouldn’t have to suffer.