School anxiety is on the rise, and according to Vicki Iannotti, MD, Associate Chief of General Pediatrics at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, it’s largely due to generational factors—more exposure to media, social pressures and rising achievement demands on kids.
“Having some school anxiety prior to the start of or at the beginning of the school year is normal, and that is something that should dissipate over the course of the first two to three weeks,” says Dr. Iannotti. “If the child is more than a month into school and anxiety is still a problem, parents should seek the advice of a pediatrician.”
Generally, parents are advised to talk about school ahead of time, and to direct the child to the positive aspects of school he or she enjoys. It might also be worth taking a trip to visit the school beforehand, and talking to the teacher to make him or her aware if there are concerns about your child’s adjustment.
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