You can also watch for signs of stress. These may include fear of being alone, bad dreams, “accidents” or constipation, bed-wetting, changes in appetite, or an increase in temper tantrums, whining, or clinginess. These signs may also manifest itself in relation to school: poor concentration, loss of motivation, school avoidance, or withdrawal from activities or friends.
Your patience, attention, extra hugs and reassurance when they come home from school, plus doing calming, comforting things at bedtime, can go a long way. If you feel your own stress affects your child or you are not able to manage your child’s stress, please reach out to your child’s classroom teacher or school counsellor. We are here to support your child and you. We are all in this together.
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