Lowering a Child’s Stress and Anxiety When Returning Back to School
The stress of going back to school.
It's something that parents and their children deal with every year, but 2020 has certainly added new challenges to the experience as we continue to deal with the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Right now across the country, the debate continues about whether we should be reopening schools on time. President Donald Trump and his Education Secretary Betsy DeVos have each expressed their desire to see students returning to the classroom in a safe way. As a matter of fact, in an interview with America's Newsroom on Fox News, DeVos said this:
"There are no excuses for sowing fear and for making excuses when there are clearly safe ways to do things and we can make those decisions, take those steps forward to getting schools fully open, fully operational and serve the families that we’ve made the promise to.”
Hannah Comeaux, Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, acknowledges the extra stressors that COVID-19 has brought.
"Yes, there is the fear of kids getting sick when they return to school," says Hannah Comeaux. "Parents or children may also be afraid of feeling behind when returning to school because of the many missed days at the end of the 2019-2020 school year combined with the summer months. Others may be concerned about the restrictions when returning to school, such as having to wear a mask or maintaining social distance from other kids."
Hannah Comeaux offers these tips for lowering stress and anxiety as you prepare to return your child to school this Fall.
Also, LISTEN to her interview with KPEL's Brandon Comeaux explaining her tips: