Going back to school may come with some anxiety this year. A lot of children and teens haven’t been able to feel safe or stable over the last year because of the trauma caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the ways it has disrupted “normal” life. Children have different things that could be of concern, such as fear of getting the virus or wearing masks in school.
One of the ways to feel safe is to prepare yourself for how to handle situations that scare you if they were to happen, rather than worrying about them. Help your children with this process, encourage them to talk about their feelings and concern so you can help them feel empowered to deal in an appropriate manner.