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The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted life in several ways. Gone are the days, when stepping out was a carefree affair; today, there’s palpable anxiety to go out into the world. This is especially true in the case of kids, who have been forced to complete their education from home. At an age when they should be mingling with their peers, they are chained by these shackles. But what if schools start again? Will kids be able to tackle the anxiety that comes with embracing the ‘new normal’?
Well, fret not. There are several ways to deal with this problem. But before we get to that, it is important to understand that some level of anxiety is common, especially when kids separate from their parents. Yes, there are some kids who are more anxious than others, and it might be slightly challenging for them. But as a whole, the worries and anxious behaviours will be transient. At the end of the day, it is important that you extend all the support to your child, without increasing their worries.
1. Hear them out: It’s but natural that your kids have anxiety about going to school. It could be anything from dealing with new teachers, new friends, and now the pandemic. But when they express their worries, do make sure you are there for them. Do not dismiss their fears; instead listen to them, and make sure to provide security. This can help your child become more confident about how to handle the situation.
2. Test it out: If you know your child is going to be nervous on the first day, make sure you prepare him a little better. You could help him get acquainted with the school, before they officially begin. It is believed that repetition is good, so keep doing that, so that your child can get comfortable with it. You could also drive to the school over the weekend, just so that your child gets familiar with everything.
3. Speak to the school staff: There are some kids who are more anxious than others, and they need extra help to make a successful transition. That’s why you could always let someone at school know. It could be their teacher, school psychologist, or support staff. Once your child gets acquainted with them, they will be able to enjoy school and get rid of the anxious feelings.
Whatever be the way, make sure you are always there for your child!