Northeast Ohio Parent Magazine
July 31, 2020
By Heather Tunstall
The start of the school year usually comes with at least a touch of trepidation, but this year, it’s more important than ever to navigate end-of-summer anxiety
This time of year has a familiar cadence to it. By the beginning of August, a bit of excitement mixed with anticipation and yes, probably some anxiety, begins to creep up as the new school year approaches.
“Anything that might be new, like new teachers, new school or new building, brings with it some anticipatory anxiety,” says Dr. Kimberly Bell, clinical director, at Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development in Shaker Heights. “Usually for kids, the anxiety sounds something like, ‘Am I going to look stupid? Am I not going to know where I’m going? Will I have any of my friends in my classes?’ Those are unknowns.”
Of course, this is 2020, and the COVID-19 pandemic has taken back-to-school anxiety to a whole new level.
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