Starting school is difficult for everyone involved and can lead to children and parents feeling anxious. Kids, in particular, are very prone to this however. Here are 5 reasons kids become anxious about school and a few ways to help them deal with it.
1. Fear of failure
Many children have an innate fear of failure. They fear that somehow they will bring shame to their parents if they do not succeed in everything they do. Make sure that you talk to your children, and let them know that you can’t win every race, and there are going to be times where you will lose, and going to be times where you succeed.
2. Not having friends
Starting school or a new school can be a stressful time in regards to meeting new friends. Children may not be used to socialising with a wide variety of people. Make sure that your children are aware of how to make friends at school, and help them through tough times when they feel like you are the only one they can turn to.
3. Test and grade anxiety
With the beginning of school comes testing and grades. Many children, right up to their final year, feel anxiety stemming from grades. Children need to be made aware that while grades are important during school, they are not life-determining things, and there is always the opportunity to do whatever you want.
4. Sporting ability
Let’s face it, not everyone can be sporty, and this alone can make some kids very nervous. Let your children know that not everyone is sporty, and they are not alone in feeling this anxiety.
5. Facing situations on their own
This is a big one. Children have always had their guardians there for them when they had a problem. Now that they are at school though, they have to be a little more creative. They need to sort their own problems out and look after themselves. Making a good group of friends at school can help them greatly, as they will then have people to look to for assistance to problems.
Let us know how your child coped with starting school or even just starting a new school!
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