Remember the knot in your stomach the week before you began junior
high as you imagined losing your way to classes, a mass of new faces, lots of
different and probably scary teachers, and mountains of homework?
Those fears live in the hearts and minds of adolescents and teens.
While most adolescents make the adjustment to a different school in a matter of
weeks, others may feign illness, refuse to leave the house, or have nightmares
and unreasonable fears. You can help your child deal with this adjustment by
listening to his or her concerns and asking if you can help. For example, you
can create a map of classrooms before school starts to help relieve some
Children who are not able to successfully manage fears and are still
anxious after a couple of weeks may need professional help.
Other challenging situations may also arise as school progresses.
Some of these issues may include:
If your child continually complains about school, find out what the
problems are and work together to develop solutions. Your adolescent may be
having difficulty concentrating because of concerns about family, friends,
money problems, physical changes, or any number of worries.
February 28, 2012
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
& Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
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