8. Discuss the first day back
Open space for conversation – this is especially good if your kids suffer from anxiety or are about to start a new school. Going back to school can be overwhelming and scary for some, especially if there are lots of changes. The idea of taking on harder work may also feel like a lot to some children. Speak and listen honestly and openly with them about the first day back and the coming term. Try to reframe anxiety into excitement by discussing the more enjoyable events, such as giving friends holiday souvenirs or learning new subjects.
If your child is nervous about friendships, you could always organise playdates to re-establish those social connections.