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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Practice Goodbyes

Rehearsing a goodbye can help a child feel more secure when the big moment really comes. A few weeks prior to the big send-off, let your child stay a bit longer than usual with a babysitter, grandparent or friend so he gets used to spending time apart from you. It can also help to create and practice a special, private “goodbye” between the two of you -- like a secret handshake or special kiss. Or try putting a special pebble or a keychain with your photo in his pocket and explain that whenever he touches it, you’re thinking of him, wherever you are.

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