How do I decrease my child’s anxiety about starting school and what should I know about backpacks

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How can I decrease my child’s anxiety about school and what should I know about backpacks? School anxiety can pop up from time to time so I would definitely be only alert for signs of that. Avoidance, fears, they may state them, you may just see changes in their behavior. Or they may just drag their feet and refuse to get in the car. Or they may have crying fits. It can look like a lot of different things. But to keep that from getting bad, start early, prepare.

If you can, visit school. Oftentimes, schools will have a day before school opens. Especially if it’s a new school your child hasn’t been to, like you can walk in and tour the school and see the environment. Talk positively about school, really make it something that they are looking forward to. Kids get a lot of their emotional cues from their parents. So even if you had a negative experience in school, be positive around your child. Help them, encourage them to think about it as something that they’re gonna like to do. And definitely work with your child’s teacher if you do find that there are concerns about anxiety. Often they can be your best ally to work on that with you.

As far as backpacks go, most kids do carry a bag to school. There’s a few things that you can do to make sure that it’s being done safely. The weight of the backpack should be no more than 10 to 20% tops to the child’s body weight. So a small child should be carrying less stuff, this makes sense, but oftentimes their books are almost as big. You should also encourage your child to use both straps and look for a backpack that has thick padded straps that distribute the weight for more comfort when they’re carrying it.

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