Come Monday, April 5th, many schools will be welcoming students back to in person learning. For many students this is the first time they have been back to their school since last year. For others, it is the first time back for 5 days a week of in person learning. Many kids are excited about this. They cannot wait to reconnect with friends and teachers. Their biggest complaint is having to actually wear clothes to school instead of their pajamas!
For other kids, their feelings run the gamut from ambivalence to terror. In my practice with kids, some have told me they feel like they will be re-experiencing the first day of school all over again. Some are used to the smaller class sizes if they were participating in Hybrid Learning. They worry about being around so many kids again due to social anxiety.
Some kids worry about having to talk in front of classmates in person. Something they were able to avoid curled up with their laptops in the safety of their bedroom. Others state they do not like the pressure of their classmates “eyes on them” if they are taking too long to complete a test.
Still others are very worried about catching COVID and spreading the infection to loved ones at home.
HOW CAN WE HELP ALLEVIATE SOME OF THEIR FEARS?
If your child is really struggling as in extreme anxiety, crying, tantruming and refusing to go back to school, enlist the help of the support staff at school. They will be happy to partner with you and ease the adjustment back to school.
Then grab a cup of coffee and relax! You did it!