Let’s combat back-to-school anxiety! After more than 100 days of staying at home, in a safe and comfortable environment, children are slowly but surely returning to school. At first staying at home was a new and strange experience, causing some negative emotional behaviour. Families had to work through this and finally, for some, there was a bit of stability. Now there is another big change; returning to school where it feels like you are in the military. “That is not 1.5 metres apart!” I heard a teacher yelling to a 6 year old. Goodness, the anxiety of constantly having to make sure you’re not too close to a friend. Constantly sanitizing and being reminded of this horrible virus going around. Tension starts to build, but they can’t go play on the jungle gyms, they can’t run and swing and throw a ball to release some of that constant feeling of rigidity. “Sit in your square, and eat your sandwich”. “Only chat to the friends close to you, but make sure you don’t come to close.” Now it’s time to head back to class. “Remember the social distancing!” Lines painted everywhere on the floor, sanitizing stations in every room, this irritating mask, “I CAN’T BREATHE!”
Anxiety in children is peaking along with the virus. More and more children are complaining of stomach pain, nausea, having meltdowns at home, and appear to not want to cooperate. A recent survey conducted in Italy on the psychological impact of Coronavirus Lockdowns on children has quantified what many parents observed during weeks cooped up at home: kids were more irritable, had trouble sleeping and for some of the youngest, wept inconsolably and regressed developmentally.
So how can you, as a parent, support your child through this challenging time?
Be extra compassionate to your little one’s feelings at this time. We tend to think that they are not fully aware of the intensity of the pandemic, but at the moment they are just as confused as the rest of us. Give them some extra love and make home a safe space.
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