August 15th was the first day of school for Catholic kids in Sioux Falls and a new school year can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different children. For some of them, it can mean a lot of anxiety. Nancy Naeve has advice from a pediatrician on how you can help alleviate that stress.
Molly Keegan-Altena and her 3 beautiful children were excited to go to their school's open house at St. Lambert in Sioux Falls. The two littlest, twins Porter and Memphis are in their 2nd year of preschool here. They dropped off their supplies in their cubbies and her oldest, max, got to drop off his backpack and classroom must-haves too. It was one least thing they'd have to worry about for the morning. Although they are physically ready for the new school year, Molly said Max has a little anxiety.
"He's nervous about if there is going to be homework. I've got one who is going to be a 2nd grader this year. He's wondering if it's going to be harder than last year. I will miss my teacher from last year. Can I have her back again?" Mom Molly said.
Avera McGreevy Pediatrician Dr. Kara Bruning says back to school time means a lot of changes, especially their sleep schedule and a little anxiety is normal.
"Tell them it's ok to go back to school. It's fun to buy new school supplies, it's fun to go back. If they are anxious call a school friend. Set up a play-date. Maybe it's a friend they haven't seen all summer. If it's a new school, drive back and forth to the school so they can see the route and how they are going to get there," Dr. Bruning said.
Dr. Bruning also suggests going to the open house, just like Molly and her kids did. She says it's beneficial because they'll meet their teachers and get the lay of the land so that big old school won't seem so big and scary.
The best thing parents can do for kids is to get them back into regular routine. Get them ready by talking about school, maybe get their backpack ready, put all their new school supplies in it and be really positive because school can be a lot of fun for them," Dr. Bruning said.
Make sure the kids get a good breakfast, and stick by the old saying "Early to bed, early to rise, we'll change it to; makes kids happy, healthy and wise". I think that will help make their teachers and parents happy too.
Nancy talked with Molly right after she dropped off the kids in the morning. She said it went great. They all high-fived and off they went. She said they were super excited. Dr. Bruning says if you kids don't adjust that quickly, give them a few days and it should get better.
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