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4) Offer coping strategy advice
When we’re feeling stressed or anxious,
we usually know what calms us down.
Even if they don’t work 100% of the time,
it’s important to share these techniques
and ideas with your children. Acknowledge
that it’s normal to feel anxious about going
back to school. If you feel comfortable, try
sharing an example of a time you’ve felt
anxious about going into a new situation.
Encourage them to focus on the present
and the things they can control. Thinking
too far ahead can often feel overwhelming.
Focus on the things they can control to
make the transition feel easier and safer,
like asking for their favourite lunchbox
snacks to be restocked, returning to school
bedtimes, hand washing, wearing masks
and packing their school bag.
5) Take control
It’s much easier to “do as I do, not as I
say”. So, noramilse help seeking, exercise
and healthy habits yourself, or discuss
your own reservations or anxieties about
returning to the workplace. Showing our
children that we also experience stress
and anxiety but can gain control over our
own environments is essenital in creating
a sense of stability within the chaos of the
world we live in.
Ultimately everyone’s experience of the
pandemic will vary — and that goes for
children too. For some, the easing of
restrictions will feel welcome, and they
will mostly enjoy this return to
normality. For others, it will be
challenging or even traumatic, and
parents will have a responsibility to
understand and help their children
through this difficult transition.