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Taking charge of back-to-school fears

from Psychology Today

"You're going to be fine. Don't worry! Of course you'll make friends. Of course you'll be able to do the work, you're a great student! Relax, it's going to be a great year!" What's wrong with this parent's response to their child's freak-out about starting back to school? On the surface, absolutely nothing. It's exactly what the child needs to think. But on the surface these good ideas will stay and won't sink in to your child's mind, for one reason. While well-intentioned mom is busy reassuring that everything will be fine, her son is in amygdala-overdrive, the anxiety like a force field blocking out logic and stirring up butterflies in the stomach and disaster in the mind's eye. more

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