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Back-to-School Tips for Parents

A weekly update of content from childmind.org featuring parenting advice, in-depth articles, and the latest thinking on children’s mental health and learning disorders.

August 16, 2022

Going back to school is an exciting time for kids: Beginning a new grade, seeing friends again, getting to use all their cool new supplies. But the start of the school year can also bring up old worries: “I have Mr. Drummond AGAIN? He hates me!” And new anxieties: “What if none of my friends are in my class?” Thoughts like these may leave kids (especially ones who struggle with anxiety) feeling more nervous than excited.

This week on childmind.org, we’ve got new advice for helping kids handle back-to-school worries and dos and don’ts for helping ease the transition. Plus expert guidance on helping kids who struggle with executive functions, tips for managing mental health, and ideas for tackling teacher troubles.

Related Resources

Tips for Talking to Kids About Back to School Worries

How to be supportive when kids are struggling.


Back-to-School Dos and Don'ts

Tips on navigating the transition, especially for kids who are anxious.


My Teacher Hates Me!

Tips for managing tough teacher relationships.


Should Kids Take Mental Health Days?

Being strategic about taking breaks can help kids who are struggling.


Help for Kids Struggling With Executive Functions

Building organizational skills can be a game changer.


Back-to-School Tips for Kids Who Are Struggling

Planning ahead and setting smart expectations can be a big help.