The first days and weeks of the school year are filled with new routines which can leave children tired and over-stimulated. This back-to-school exhaustion is not only common but also makes sense given all that young children are learning, processing, and experiencing at school during the day, especially at the start of the year.
If you’re like many parents, you may be unsure what questions to ask your child about school in order to get a detailed response. In order to engage a child in conversation, parents can ask more direct questions that encourage connections to feelings or experiences they might have encountered during their day.
As young children grow and develop, they constantly encounter new places, people, and things. All of this newness can also be a source of worry for children as they do not have a robust experience base to prepare for new situations. Here, we explore how to help children with anxiety and tips to overcome this overwhelming feeling.