Everybody Stay Calm! 9 Ways to Ease Your Kid's Back-to-School Anxiety

Got a kid with back-to-school jitters? It happens! Here's how to help your child start the year off right. (11 Photos)

Dr. Michele Borba and Sasha Emmons on Jul 25, 2013 at 8:51PM

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Everybody Stay Calm! 9 Ways to Ease Your Kid's Back-to-School Anxiety

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How to Ease Back to School Anxiety

It's easy to think that separation anxiety is for super-clingy babies, but even your normally cool-as-a-cucumber kid can get unnerved when it comes to starting school. Whether he's heading to a brand new school (hello, Kindergarten!) or just feeling the jitters about the year ahead, these smart tips will help ease any back to school anxiety.
Make a Plan

Too much change in one fell swoop is overwhelming for anyone, especially a little kid. So instead of rolling out a whole new morning routine -- and then sending him off to a new school to boot -- practice the week before. Post a schedule (with photos or clip art for non-readers) so your child knows exactly what to expect. Empower him to do as much as possible on his own. Those I-can-do-it skills will be appreciated by your kid’s teacher!

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