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Returning to school after a long break or starting school for the first time can bring up difficult emotions for children, such as fear, anxiety, worry, and stress.

Here are three steps you can take to help kids with back-to-school anxiety and smooth the transition, if your children are feeling uneasy about the upcoming school year.

Step 1: Talk About and Manage Concerns

Often a child’s biggest fears are the ones that go unexpressed. Give your kids the opportunity to voice their fears about going back to school. Once they’ve shared their concerns, work with them to brainstorm solutions.

For example, if your child is worried about how he will perform in math class, create a plan to review concepts before school starts, or hire a tutor if extra help is needed.

If your child is nervous about making friends at a new school, invite some kids over for a play-date who already attend the new school. Knowing that their concerns can be alleviated will empower your kids to face change with more confidence.

Step 2: Explore and Visualize the Positive Aspects of the Change

Have your kids visualize the positive aspects of going back to school — such as seeing old friends, learning new subjects, and taking special field trips. 

Make a list together or create a vision board with your child about their “Year of Success” in school, and all the things they want to learn, enjoy, and accomplish.

Just like kids can use visualization to practice hitting a baseball, they can also use visualization to practice creating happiness and success in the classroom.

Step 3: Celebrate with a Fun Event to Honor the Change

One last steps to help kids with back-to-school anxiety is by honoring the new school year with a celebration or special treat. This will help to mentally prepare your kids for the transition – and, it’s fun!

Whether hosting a “back to school party” with friends, shopping for a special backpack, or going out for a meaningful family dinner, a celebration or event (big or small) can help your child to embrace the new school year with a winning attitude.

 

How Kids Can Learn Mindset Skills – and 2 Ways You Can Help Them

Self-esteem, self-confidence, good decision making, resilience, and goal setting are all mindset skills that kids can learn for life.

Adventures in Wisdom is leading a worldwide movement to bring mindset skills, personal development and life coaching to kids.  Since 2013, we’ve certified hundreds of coaches in over 30 countries.

Kids learn 27 mindset skills – by either working with a certified child life coach (WISDOM Coach) or working with their parent in a home study course.

Learn everything you need to know about Life Coaching for Kids here.

1. Want to be a Life Coach for Kids?

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You can get certified to use the Adventures in Wisdom Life Coaching for Kids Curriculum, where you’ll use fun coaching stories, activities and a proven STORY Coaching process to teach mindset skills and life coach kids.

WISDOM Coaches use coaching stories and activities to help children develop mindset skills for confidence, resilience, self-esteem, self-leadership, and achievement so that they can be confident and prepared to handle the ups and downs of growing up, reach their fullest potential, and thrive.

To see what it’s all about and learn how you can create a business you love as a life coach for kids, simply click below. You’ll find everything you need to know, including how to apply and save.

 

2. Want to Find a WISDOM Coach for Your Child?

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  • Use the “Connect with a Coach” form or
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