The new year signals a return to school for many kids and beginning school for others. It can be a time of angst and worry for younger children.
“Until the change becomes familiar and predictable we can struggle and feel anxious,” says parenting author, Maggie Dent.
“For our youngest children it’s helpful to have practised parents going and coming back – even playing hide and seek around the house can help build this. Being honest and telling them you are leaving and will be coming back is better than doing the ‘disappear’ trick as they need to be able to trust you.”
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Maggie says it’s useful to explain to kids that new things, places and people can also make adults feel a little unsettled.
“Young children usually have strong imaginations and I have found that some small techniques that strengthen the connection – and thus reduce sense of separation – to mum or dad while they are away can help lots,” says Maggie.
She has the following advice for parents whose children may be anxious about starting school:
Maggie says many boys struggle silently with this separation distress and nurturance is important as they adjust. “Remember, boys like to be shown you love them or care about them not just be told that you do,” says Maggie, “so hugs, tickles on the back, soft ruffling on the head, high fives, winks and smiles are big messages of love and connection for our precious sensitive little lads.”
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