Kids are experiencing back-to-school anxiety. How can parents help?

Nicole McQuillen, vice president of children and family services at Care Plus NJ, discusses how families should prepare

Mental health experts warn the transition back to full-time, in-person learning will likely be more stressful and anxiety-inducing for kids after most spent a year at home learning virtually. We asked Nicole McQuillen, vice president of children and family services at CarePlus NJ, how families should prepare, and what signs parents and guardians should be looking for.

“It’s very important for parents to take time — and find the right time — to talk to their child about how they’re feeling. […] It may be better to approach a child, maybe ask the child to go for a walk, or maybe the parents walk the dog with the child, some kind of routine where the child’s feeling relaxed and then you can start a conversation about ‘how was your day at school?’ or ‘what are your thoughts about going to school?’”

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