Some of those fears have intensified.
How can you help your child who may be displaying signs of worry or expressing concerns?
- Let them talk. Be sure you give them time to finish before you jump in with advice.
- Don't brush them off. Offer help and resources.
- Tell about a time when you had similar problems, what you did, and how things turned out.
- Hide your own anxiety--if you cry or appear upset, this will increase your child's negative emotions.
- Don't take their problems on yourself--help them learn problem solving skills
- Set up a structure to help them remember papers and homework.
- Have them attend tutorials before and after school for extra help.
- If they choose not to do their assignments, provide consequences such as a removal of privileges.
- If you need to meet with the teacher, don't go in "attack mode".
- Remember that their whole future doesn't hinge on one assignment.
- If things don't seem to improve, see the school counselor or a mental health professional.
- Remind your child of the positive aspects of their school experience.
How do you help your child cope with school anxiety?