When children go to school, they leave the safety of their home and family. They learn crucial skills—like how to make friends—that they can use for the rest of their lives. School is a testing ground where children evaluate, accept, and reject each other daily.
Every day, children face new challenges at school. The fear of the unknown can be scary for some kids. So can worries about homework and awkward social situations.
Other challenges may include:
You can help your child adjust to school. Listen to his or her concerns and offer support. For example, you may create a map of classrooms before school starts. This may help relieve some anxiety.
Work on ways to strengthen your child's self-esteem. For example, encourage your child's interests and support him or her even in failures. Try these ideas:
Your child can learn social skills that can be used at school. Teach your child to:
You can help your kids learn to make good choices. To help them deal with peer pressure, teach them to say "no," choose their friends wisely, and build good self-esteem.
Bullying starts in elementary school and becomes most common in middle school. You can help your child deal with bullying.
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Current as of: March 27, 2018
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
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