Dr Michael Carr-Gregg
Whether it is starting school for the first time, moving up to a higher grade or embarking on a journey through secondary school, there is no doubt that any school transition is a very exciting time for children and parents. It means that the children are growing up!
However, for many it may also be a very anxious and stressful time for both parents and children. Parents need to be aware of their child’s feelings during any school transition and minimise anxiety so the process is an enjoyable experience for all. It is important for children to attend transition or orientation programs offered by schools. Familiarisation is often key to reducing stress levels. It is also important for parents to talk to their children about their expectations and being more responsible for their own needs.
As the countdown to the start of the next school year begins, parents are often fretting as much as their children. Waving goodbye to a child on their first day of school is one of the most anxious times for mums and dads, as is the transition to secondary school. Children may often become emotional, tired and stressed as they adjust to greater responsibilities and demands.