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First Day Jitters

by The Kid's Doctor Staff

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The first day of school is an exciting time for both parents and child. But it is also a day that can be filled with a little stress and anxiety for your child. “First day jitters is very common and parents should start talking to kids about it for several days prior to the start of school” advises pediatrician Dr. Sue Hubbard.

Dr. Hubbard says it is common for children to be worried about a variety of things including books, locker, schedules, lunch and even which desk they will sit at.

Signs parents should look for if they suspect their child is stressed include tummy ache, headache or an “I just don’t feel well” complaint. Dr. Hubbard points out “these are complaints you haven’t hear about over the summer.”

A good bedtime routine and a healthy breakfast can help ease jitters. On the way to school, focus on the positive things that will happen that day and be sure to keep the goodbyes short, sweet and brief Dr. Hubbard advises. And she warns parents not to cry in front on the child. “All these steps of going to school, kindergarten, first grade, middle school, high school, college, are life changes,” she says.

Dr. Hubbard says when you pick up your child from school the first day, focus on all the positives and be the cheerleader for your child.

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