5 ways to assess children’s adjustment to being back in school
As parents, this can be exciting, and scary. The unknowns around how children are managing conflict, interacting with peers, knowing if they’re happy or anxious at times can be challenging. There is a delicate balance between respecting their need for autonomy and independence, while also providing help and support.
Here are 5 ways parents can encourage their children to share how it feels to be back in school this year:
Note from Mightier Clinicians
Our emotions are not our children’s. We all have expectations, and probably some assumptions, around how we anticipate our children feel. Paying attention to this can be really important. The key is to avoid assumptions and to practice empathy – the art of putting yourself in someone else’s shoes and seeing a situation from their perspective. A helpful formula for empathic listening, “First, ask someone how they’re doing. Second, listen to their answers. Third, avoid judgement or correction. That’s how you really hear what someone is saying.