First-Day Jitters: 5 Coping Tactics Parents Can Teach Their Kids


Start Early

Begin your child's back-to-school schedule about a week before the first day of school. A week should be plenty of time -- too much build up before the big back-to-school event could make a child's anxiety worse. Shop for school supplies and new clothes, plan out lunch menus and make sure transportation and after-school care is arranged as needed. It's also important to begin school year bedtime and morning routines early.

Be sure to involve the whole family as to not single out any one individual: school schedules are sure to impact everyone in the home and it'll be easier if you all adjust together.