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Start of new school year causes excitement and anxiety


As children and parents anticipate the start of a new school year, experts say it’s common to feel both excitement and concern. While it’s easy to focus on the material aspects of getting ready for school, like new clothes and school supplies, emotional issues need to be addressed. Whether a child is starting preschool, middle school or even college, parents play a key role in helping their child get the year off to a good start.

 

Marti shared with Zachery Lashway on KARE 11 News at 11 these common back-to-school concerns for students at different ages:

 

Pre-school and kindergarten

– Separation anxiety

– Worries about routines (foods, going to the bathroom, needing help)

– Concerns about what the teacher(s) and other kids will be like

 

Elementary-age

– Anxiety about academic performance

– Worries about peer relations (rejection, teasing, bullying)

– Special concerns about race relations, political divisiveness, in light of recent events in the news

 

Middle school

– Anxiety about managing multiple classes (finding way around building, organizing work demands

– Worries about peer relations (even more intense than in elementary school)

 

High school

– Same as middle school, but with increasing pressure to succeed

– Worries about identity, life plans, choosing higher education

– Emerging concerns about dating, sexuality, romantic relationships

 

To view the video of this KARE 11 News at 11 segment, play the video box above.

For 5 ways parents can help kids ease back-to-school anxiety, click here.

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