September heralds the start of a new school year, and although it can be an exciting time, for some children it's just plain hard. Many children seem to struggle with anxiety and stress at the start of a new school year. There may be many reasons for this and often they are too young to explain what they are feeling and fearing. This can be very distressing not only for the child but also the parent who may feel helpless to ease their child's struggle. The fact is they have to go into school at the start of the day no matter how much they may cry and cling to you. Not easy.
I'm a mum and know first hand how difficult and exhausting this experience is. My son struggles with back to school stress every year. He loves school but finds that initial separation difficult after the long fun school holidays. I have no magic cures but I have found a number of ways to help my son manage stress and overcome anxiety during this time.
After lots of talking and trying to understand why he was so anxious I decided to try some of the tools I use to help with stress and anxiety. Massage and reflexology can help a child to manage their stress. Some calming reassuring massage for just a few minutes accompanied by lots of positive words about their ability to cope can be a powerful tool. For my son lavender is a magic potion, I apply a little on his cuffs and tell him to sniff it when he feels bad and it will keep him calm and happy. He loves this and uses it for reassurance throughout the day. I am not a aroma therapist but please do explore this area and get advise before using essential oils yourself.
And finally, don't forget your own needs. It can be draining and painful when our children are suffering and struggling so take time out to relax yourself. Be kind to yourself and try not to feel guilty for leaving them at school. You are doing your best so treat yourself with love and know this struggle will pass.
And if all else fails, remember the father Christmas bargaining tool.. all children want to be on the good list!!
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