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Updated on Apr 17, 2014

Take an early tour of the school. A stress-free stroll through the campus allows your son to become familiar with the school before it becomes Grand Central Station. Express your own excitement to him, such as, “Wow, you’ll have a locker this year” and “Take a look at this amazing science lab.” If possible, you might also arrange to meet one of his teachers, the principal, or the school counselor.

Get her involved in the preparations. Be sure to let her have as much input as possible for back to school items, such as clothes, lunch box, and notebook designs. These personal items can be a source of comfort during that first week that’s filled with new experiences.

Encourage him to keep a journal. Writing about his feelings can work wonders on your child’s ability to deal with the blues. Expressing his thoughts and feelings on paper can help him understand and process them better. When he’s having a rough day, reading about his accomplishments and enjoyable moments reminds him of the positive experiences he’s having.

Be a great coach. Be sure to give her the appropriate pep talks. If she’s feeling overwhelmed, remind her that she’s worked through new and difficult experiences before. If she’s concerned about making friends, point out that her appealing traits, such as being funny or being a great musician, are qualities that other kids will appreciate.

The back to school season can be emotionally challenging for your child. Being aware and maintaining open communication provides him with the support and encouragement he needs to press on and enjoy the school year. Best of all, it enables him to discover the ability to succeed within himself. As Crist says, “By working with him in these ways, you empower your child to see that, just like in the past, he can overcome anything.”

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