Back to School Anxiety
August 08, 2013
Back to school was the most anticipated and most dreaded time of the year for me. I used to lay awake all night long the night before school started. I was so excited to see my old friends and make new ones. I worried about the new teacher I would be getting. I fretted over what to wear, how to do my hair, and the possibility I might forget something essential. As it turned out, I did all that worrying for nothing. I always made it through that first day. I came home happy, hungry, and exhausted.
When I got married and had school-aged children of my own, I discovered that they too experienced the same anxiety I had once felt about the first day of school. Everyone was up early, with very little sleep, scurrying about to get ready. It seemed like utter chaos. Somehow, all four of them made it to school on time. I laugh when I think about it and wonder how it all came together. I am amazed I could get four girls calmed down, fed, dressed, and out the door to school on time.
If your child is experiencing some anxiety about starting or going back to school, here are a few books you can read together to make things seem a little less scary.
- Back to School by Meredith Badger - Chloe is afraid she is not smart enough for her new school and takes it out on her best friend.
- Back to School, Splat! by Lara Bergen - Splat must decide which of his summer adventures is the best one to share at "Show and Tell."
- Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes - Wemberly worries about everything, especially her first day of school.
- Martin on the Moon by Martine Audet - Martin is very nervous about his first day of school.
- Back to School,Tortoise by Lucy M.George - Summer is over and now Tortoise must summon the courage to go back to school.
Youth Services Department