Separation anxiety is fairly common in the toddler and preschool years. It is most likely to happen in response to the start of a new school year as it is a change in caregivers, setting, peer activity and schedule all at once. Goodbye rituals can be helpful. When my girls were little we had two … Continue reading Separation Anxiety Tips (from CDS with notes for other schools)
At some point, most children go through a phase of not wanting to go to school. For others, that push can ebb and flo for years. My younger daughter, Claire, has always had a difficult time going back after the Winter Break. There were tears in January throughout elementary school. Smooth, calm morning – I … Continue reading What to Do When Your Child Says “I Don’t Wanna Go to School”
Children’s storybooks Sometimes I Worry too Much but Now I Know How to Stop by Huebner David and the Worry Beast: Helping Kids Cope with Anxiety by Guanci Nobody’s Perfect: A Story for Children about Perfectionism by Burns Wilma Jean the Worry Machine by Cook Slip, Slide Skate by Herman (perfectionism) The Girl Who Never … Continue reading Resources for Children’s Anxiety, Worry and Perfectionism
Whether your child is starting at a new preschool or elementary school, the first day can be daunting. There are several things you can do over the summer months to help prepare for the first day. Visit the school’s website – Explore the website with your child. Point out pictures of happy children and read … Continue reading Starting at a New School this Fall?
It is normal for young children to experience some level of separation anxiety at the start of a new school year. It often represents a change in caregiver, schedule, setting and classmates. As a parent, it makes sense to prepare yourself for some upset, and be pleasantly surprised if it is an easy transition. Take … Continue reading Tips for Separation at the Start of the School Year
>Dear Dr. Hackney, I need your help!!! My six year old daughter Amy is having some anxiety related to starting school soon. She has been having difficulty going to bed at night; this seems to be the only time it manifests itself. As soon as I move to leave the room, she starts fidgeting and … Continue reading >starting school