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Movin' On Up: Help Your Kids with Back-to-School Transitions

As kids get ready to head back to school, here's a new article about helping them deal with the transitions they're headed towards. -------------------

Whether we want them to or not, kids keep growing up. Each fall, they head back to school and wonder which teacher they’ll get, whether their friends will be in their class and what the new school year will be like. And we wonder, and often worry, right along with them. The transitions that produce the most anxiety are the ones that involve beginning at a new school, which happens when a child enters kindergarten, middle school or high school.

Here are a few ways you can help make this transition as seamless as possible for your children.

Tell the story beforehand. Much of the anxiety kids experience in new situations has to do with the fear of the unknown. So find a way to help them imagine and understand what school will be like when they get there. For older kids, this may mean simply walking through the class schedule and spending a few minutes with a map of the campus.

For younger kids, help them make a book. It can be fun to go to the school and take photographs—of the playground, of the classrooms, of the bathrooms—and create a book out of the photos. Use construction paper, iBooks, whatever. Just give your child the facts about the school and what will happen during the day. Then end the book with


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