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Get Kids Psyched to Go Back to School

Every year kids struggle with the thought of leaving the long, leisurely, fun-filled summer days behind and returning to classrooms, textbooks, teachers, and tests in the fall. Parents can help make the transition from summertime fun to schoolroom studies much smoother if they start to prepare their children before school classes begin. The start of school won't be such a shock for children if parents help their kids get in the right mindset for school well before the first day of classes. Simple steps parents can take to help kids get prepared include the following:

If your child seems to be having an unusually difficult time or has severe anxieties about the start of school, it may be a good idea to see a mental health professional who specializes in children's issues. The therapist can help both you and your child re-evaluate the situation and pinpoint the problem. With the help of a therapist, you can work toward an appropriate solution.

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Last Reviewed: Jun 24, 2009

Mary A Fristad, PhD, ABPP Mary A Fristad, PhD, ABPP
Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University