Back to School: Coping with Worries

August 19, 2020 Susan Keightley

Children often experience anxiety around “Back to School.” Especially for preschoolers going to “big school,” they don’t know what to expect. Heading into a new environment with new teachers and classmates – it’s enough to make anyone nervous! 

In the time of COVID-19, there’s even more uncertainty around “Back to School” and anxiety and nerves are high. Here are some tips on how to talk to your kids around concerns, fears, and questions: 

Have ongoing conversations: You don’t have to have all the answers right now! It’s important to have an open dialogue and have ongoing conversations.


Ask questions: Find out your child’s level of understanding of the issue so you can appropriately address their fears.


Be honest but age appropriate: Offering information that’s too complex for a child to understand can overwhelm. Be honest, but use language that your child can understand.


Acknowledge your child’s curiosity and individuality: Your child has their own opinions and that’s wonderful! Encourage them to offer their own views and opinions that can be further discussed.