This Version Posted: September 9, 2021

Mental Health is more important for this back-to-school year than ever. We may experience stress and anxiety around returning to in-person learning post-pandemic for numerous reasons.  

Communication is key. Talk to your child and try to understand how they are feeling about going back to school. Whether it’s nerves regarding social settings, being away from home, or feeling insecure about their body (puberty), your children need to be able to approach you without fear of being criticized or dismissed.  

Being open and available for safe and healthy discussion then gives you a chance to respond to their concerns with actionable solutions to help ease their worries. It also allows you to highlight all the benefits of returning to in-school learning and end the conversation on a positive note.  

For more information, check out these fantastic resources to help maintain your children’s mental wellness: