First Day of School: 

Mental Health Tips for Adults & Children Surviving

The first day of school can be intimidating, no matter how old you are or whether you are a teacher, parent, or student. However, it can also be exciting with new fun experiences, new schedules, friends, and classes to start.

Here are some tips to help you enjoy this unique experience and have the most fantastic first day of school.

Just Because Someone Says it, Doesn’t Make it True.

Kids can say mean things to hurt you because they want something and are upset. Adults can do the same. They can say hurtful, discouraging things to children that are not true.

Doing Something Wrong Doesn’t Make You a Bad Person.

Younger children often interpret “being wrong” in an adult's eyes as meaning they are a terrible person or very disliked. Teach your child that their teacher is upset with what they did, but they do not hate you as a person.

As a child you may have heard adults say “stop crying, or I will give you something to cry about.” Unfortunately, this mentality can lead children to bottle up and internalize their issues.

It’s Okay to Cry

Having Fun Is Important

There are many ways a child is learning outside of math, reading, and writing, and “having fun” helps them keep up good morale and be more successful in their other areas of learning.

When they feel like a situation is becoming too overwhelming, children will reach their upper limits. Tell them to cool off in their room or step a few feet away from the situation and let them have a breather.

Teach Them How to Take a Breather

Identify Emotion

Emotion Wheels are an excellent resource for helping kids identify how they are feeling. It can help you work with them to determine why they feel this way. The reason this is important is to avoid the belief that expressing emotions is a complicated thing.

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