Tips to handle back-to-school anxiety

WNYT Staff
Updated: January 12, 2021 07:33 PM
Created: January 12, 2021 07:29 PM

Many kids have spent months learning from home. Some of them may be returning to class in the weeks ahead, which is sure to cause some anxiety.

You want to let children know they're safe, and that the school is making these changes to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

That's the advice of Dr. Ethan Benore, a pediatric psychologist at Cleveland Clinic Children's.

He says you can explain that wearing a mask is a lot like having to wash your hands or looking both ways before crossing the street.

He says it's also important to check-in on a child's mental health during this time.

"If you're having these conversations regularly, it doesn't feel so weird when there is a problem. If you have a thought or a concern, ask, bring it up. If it's nothing, that's okay. But your child might feel even more comfortable if they come back to you two weeks later and there is something there," said Benore.

He says many people are struggling right now, so be sure to show compassion, not only with your own kids but with their teachers as well.

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