It’s that time of year again! Summer is slowly coming to an end and our children are leaving behind their summer schedules and trading them in for the highly structured school day. While this transition may come as a welcomed event, for some it can also be a time of increased worry and stress. It is very common for kids (and adults) to experience periods of anxiousness when faced with change. Children and teens may not have the words to communicate their anxiety so their behaviors may serve as an indicator of their internalized turmoil. As parents or caregivers we may notice subtle (or not so subtle) changes in our children’s behavior.
These changes may include behaviors such as:
- Decreased or increased eating habits
- Trouble going to sleep or staying asleep, nightmares
- Snapping, yelling, or crying
- Appearing distant or withdrawn
- Clingy behavior
These behaviors may communicate that our children are distressed and are uncertain of how to handle what is going on in their world. Transitions can be tough but we can help our children cope with uncertain change.
So how can you help your child?
- Remaining calm (I know it’s hard when your child is yelling)
- Validate your child’s feelings.
- Make time for fun! Go for a walk, spend time making a snack together…
- Ensure that your child is drinking plenty of water, eating healthy (or as healthy as possible), and getting plenty of rest.
- Take time for yourself!!! Being a parent or caregiver is hard work…make sure that you are taking care of yourself.
If these behaviors continue or your child shows symptoms that are concerning, it may be time to reach out for additional help. At Vitality Counseling we offer support for students of all ages. We have specialized training in anxiety reducing and coping skills for children, teens, college students, and their parents.