#5 - Anxiety Is Natural
Don't be surprised if signs of anxiety flare up as the new school year approaches. Kids may seem a little down in the dumps, nervous or even angry. Instead of taking it personally or ignoring it, acknowledge their emotions. Take some time to ask them how they're feeling about going to a new school, and if they express specific fears and concerns, try to discuss them and think of solutions. A lot of anxiety may stem from fears of loneliness, and letting them know that you're there to help out can be calming comfort.
Older teens may not be interested in talking about pre-school jitters, and forcing them to do so won't do much good. Rather, give them a little space, but try to stay aware of their moods and behaviors. Remember that actions sometimes speak louder than words, and cooking them a special breakfast on their first day or taking them to buy a new school outfit can communicate your compassion as well.