1. Alleviating Back-to-School Anxiety

    Children getting onto a school busAs the first week of school approaches, you begin to notice a change in your child. Maybe he or she becomes nervous at the mention of starting a new school year or throws a fit every time someone brings up the subject of meeting his or her new teacher.

    What could those changes mean?

    For some children, acting out or withdrawing or complaining of small physical pains such as a headache could be signs of back-to-school anxiety, notes Jeremy Pettit, an associate professor of psychology at Florida International University. If you notice any of those signs as your child prepares for the upcoming school year, try these tips for easing his or her anxiety:

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  2. How to Help Enhance Your Child’s Social Skills

    Friends on jungle gymSeveral months into the school year, children usually receive a report card about their academic progress, but – unlike years ago – not necessarily about their social skills and the progress they’re making socially.

    If you’re concerned about how your child is progressing socially, you could call your child’s teacher or ask the teacher directly. If you learn that your child is having a difficult time, perhaps the following tips for teaching social skills to a child will lead to success:

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  3. Preparing Children for the Future Without ‘Helicopter Parenting’ or Holding Them Back

    Father helping son to ride bikeThe term “helicopter parent” originally appeared in a book by Dr. Haim Ginott, Between Parent and Teenager (Macmillan Co,1969). Although the term might be older than you perhaps thought, it has the same meaning today as it did then: a parent who is overprotective or too involved in the life of his or her child.

    The website parents.com notes that helicopter parenting can have negative consequences for children, including decreased confidence, undeveloped coping and life skills, and increased anxiety. Therefore, it’s important for parents to avoid being overprotective of their children.

    Here are a few ways to help prepare your child for the future without helicopter-parenting:

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  4. How to Manage Your Child’s Food Allergies at School

    food-allergies-previewkid food allergies infographicIf your child has food allergies, you already know how closely the situation needs to be monitored. Ingredients must be constantly checked, cooking utensils must be meticulously cleaned, and menus must be scanned when dining out.

    Sending your child to school, where he or she will be under someone else’s supervision, understandably can be worrying. Will teachers be as mindful as you are? Will administrators be able to keep track of the different needs of all students?

    When the time to send your child to school arrives, you want to be as prepared as you can be, so consider these tips that we’ve compiled to help manage your child’s food allergies at school:

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  5. Tips for Teaching Children About Forgiveness

    mother comforts sonYou know the scenario: All is peaceful in your home. Suddenly your child, who had been playing in the yard with a friend, storms inside. “Hannah pushed me down!” she screams, as she begins to choke back tears.

    Although your child is angry now, and justifiably you learn, she will eventually need to forgive her friend. As a parent, you will want your child to forgive her friend because it’s the right thing to do and necessary for good health.

    Studies continue to show that forgiving is a healthy action.

    For example, a 2001 study conducted by Dr. Fred Luskin, co-founder of the Stanford University Forgiveness Project, found that forgiveness can lead to higher levels of compassion and self-confidence, as well as lower levels of stress and depression.

    Although science and wisdom through the millennia have told us that it’s good and important to be able to forgive, teaching children about forgiveness can sometimes be difficult. Consider encouraging your child to forgive others, through these tips:

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