Hey there, parents and caregivers! With the new school year just around the corner, it’s natural for your child to feel a mix of excitement and nervousness. But fear not! The school counselor is here with some helpful tips to ease those back-to-school anxieties and make the transition smoother for everyone:

Reestablish Routines: Slowly reintroduce school-time routines a week or two before school begins. It can be as simple as adjusting bedtimes and mealtimes.

Listen & Acknowledge Concerns: Validate your child’s concerns and let them know it’s okay to feel a little nervous. Remind them that many others may feel the same way. Remind them that they are not alone and God is with them every step of the way. 

Focus on the Positives: Highlight the exciting aspects of returning to school, like seeing friends, making new ones, and engaging in fun school activities. Ask them what they are excited about!

Meet the Teacher: Attend the Back to School night on August 21st. Visiting the school and meeting the teacher beforehand can help ease worries about starting school. 

Stay Positive Yourself: Your attitude matters! Stay positive and show enthusiasm for the upcoming school year. Your excitement can be contagious.

If you have a child who is prone to worry, send their teacher and school counselor an email with a heads up!

Mrs. Jeanetta Nieuwsma, PCGS School Counselor
Mrs. Maria Fynaardt, PCHS School Counselor