Back to school!

Back to school!

It’s that time of the year again! Holidays are over!

Whilst there could be some emotional tears while waving goodbye, it is important that parents/custodians keep these few tips in mind in order to avoid separation anxiety from both parties.

  • Talk about school and get the routine going before school starts – Few months before school starts, it is important that you start to talk about school and also try to get them in the school routines and rules.
  • Don’t prolong the goodbyes or go back for one last hug! – Prolonging the goodbyes can give the child a sense of insecurity, that the place is not safe and this can create unnecessary anxiety.
  • Don’t sneak out! – Rather is it best that one creates a routine of a goodbye that is more effective. Sneaking out will affect the trusting issues.
  • Have a hug/kiss routine – Something fun and very helpful is that you and the child have your own way of saying goodbye that creates a unique bond. If needs be, even give the child a comfort object that will make her/him feel safe.
  • Involve the teacher – Let the teacher know any necessary information that would help him/her build a better relationship with the child. Moreover seeing that there is a relationship between the teacher and you will give the child a more sense of security.
  • Talk to the child about the time you will pick him/her up – It is important that you explain to the child that you are going to pick him/her up and at what time. This will give the reassurance that the child needs that you will be back.


Therisa is a psychology graduate who worked in the HR sector for the past 4 years. She decided to change her career path and thus is at present an intern at willingness and will continue to focus on psychology practices.







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