Calming Back To School Jitters

August 17, 2011 Updated Aug 17, 2011 at 9:23 PM EDT

By WKBW News

August 17, 2011 Updated Aug 17, 2011 at 9:23 PM EDT

(WKBW/Cleveland Clinic) Parents are getting their little ones ready to head back to school. Some kids get excited, but others- not so much.

Many are a little nervous about the first day, and doctors say there are plenty of reasons for it, like getting a new teacher, new classmates, and a new course load.

Doctors say reassuring your kids is helpful. Stress the positive.
Talk about things that went really well in the past and how exciting it is to meet a new teacher and make new friends.

Doctors also recommend sharing any stressful situations you may have had in school, and how you handled it, so they understand you're speaking from personal experience.

If "first day jitters" develop into a recurring theme, you may want to reach out to the school guidance counselor or the school psychologist or seek outside professional help.

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