Dealing with back to school stress; advice for kids and parents

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Going back to school can bring excitement for some children and anxiety for others.

Doctors say there are signs parents may notice that their child is stressed about school.

They say it can be physical complaints like stomach aches or head aches, not sleeping, being unusually unhappy or asking a lot of questions and looking for reassurance.

They say the best thing to do is to give your child that reassurance that starting something new is sometimes scary.

Doctors also say another stress could be bullying.

“It’s really important to check in with your child the first week or two about are their any kids that are really at school bothering you, any children that are being mean. A lot of kids know what bullying is, these days, but some other words that you can use to ask about is are kids being mean to you, not being nice, or bothering you a lot and then for the parent and kid to bring those to the attention of the teachers and school officials so they can really address that,” said j. Eric Vance, M.D. Carilion Clinic Psychiatry. 

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