4 Reasons Why Kids Get Anxious About School
All parents expect their children to be excited and a bit nervous about going to school, especially the first day of school. You should know that anxiety is a problem that is facing many kids nowadays. So, here are few things that make kids express their anxiety about going to school.
· The first day of school: whether it is a new grade or a new school, it is normal that your kid feels anxious about the first day of a new situation. Your kid feels anxious or a little scared because of all the new things: a new grade, a new class, new teachers, new friends and maybe even a new school. Everything may seem new to your child and then he/she starts worrying. Remind your child that this is a normal feeling and with time he/she will easily adjust to the new situation and feel comfortable. That is why, as a parent, you need to allot more time to your child especially for the first few weeks.
· Fear of failure: there are kids who worry a lot when they do not know the correct answer, when they make mistakes, or when they find the homework too hard. Thus, such failures may diminish their self-confidence and affect negatively their abilities. As parent, try to encourage your kid to do his/her best at school and at the same time explain to him/her that everyone makes mistakes. Your kid will overcome this fear and become motivated to succeed if you praise his/her efforts and value his/her abilities.
· Social anxiety: your kid may worry about meeting new friends, fitting in, being embarrassed and rejected by peers. This will lead to reluctance or refusal to attend school. Teach you kid how to face social situation and develop his/her self-confidence in order to be able to manage his/her anxiety.
· The family: sometimes the reason behind not going to school has nothing to do with the school. Some kids prefer to say at home because they are so attached to their parents, the parents have problems, they are stressed, or because the family has broken up. In this case, the parents should start addressing the family issue and avoid involving their kid in any home situation that may impact him/her in the early school years.