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Navigating Back to School Emotions with Compassion: Setting the Stage for a Fantastic School Year!

Updated: Sep 7, 2023

We are a few days into the new school year now and we're checking in! How are you doing?

This time of year can stir up a mix of feelings for both you and your children. Here are some tips and resources to help you navigate back-to-school emotions with care and compassion, all to ensure a wonderful school year ahead.

1. Encourage Open Conversations:

Start by reassuring your children that their feelings are heard and valued. Create a warm and inviting space for them to express their emotions, be it the joy of reuniting with friends, the nervousness of meeting new teachers, or even feelings of sadness as the adventures of summer come to an end. Maybe your children are new at school and there's lots of mixed emotions. Whatever your case may be, listening with open hearts and attentive ears is the first step in validating their experiences.

2. Normalize Mixed Feelings:

Help your children understand that having mixed emotions is entirely normal. Sometimes, they might feel happy and sad simultaneously, and that's perfectly fine. These emotions coexist because they care deeply about their school experiences and the people involved. By normalizing this emotional complexity, you can teach them to embrace and learn from their feelings.

3. Lead by Example: Children learn by observing their parents:

Share your own childhood experiences of going to school, how you felt, and the challenges you overcame. By offering these personal stories, you can connect with your child, showing them that everyone has been through these emotions and experiences. It encourages them to open up about their feelings and concerns. Remember, keep a positive tone!

4. Remember these four phrases – "Sorry," "I Love You," "I'm Proud of You," and "Thank You."

They hold immense power in connecting with your child emotionally. As a parent, your words are incredibly influential. If you notice your child struggling with their feelings, say sorry if they feel unheard or misunderstood. Let them know how much you love and appreciate them, emphasizing their importance. Thank them for sharing their feelings. Your words mean the world to them, shaping their emotional well-being.

5. Establish Routines:

The shift from the relaxed days of summer, with later nights, to the more structured school days, complete with earlier bedtimes, can be a bit of an adjustment.

One way to ease this transition is by establishing a routine – and it's even more effective if you involve your child in the planning. Creating a schedule that includes time for relaxation, play, and family bonding provides a comforting sense of stability and predictability. This helps reduce anxiety for both parents and children during this period of change.

6. Celebrate Milestones:

Every step of the back-to-school journey, no matter how small, is an accomplishment worth celebrating. Whether it's conquering the first day or mastering a new skill, these celebrations can boost your child's self-esteem and create positive associations with school.

7. Be Patient and Flexible:

Emotions, especially during transitions, can be as unpredictable as the weather. Your child might be brimming with enthusiasm one day and feeling a little low the next. Be patient, adapt to their evolving needs, and provide unwavering support whenever they need it.

8. Connect with Teachers:

Building a strong partnership with your child's teachers can provide invaluable insights into their emotional well-being at school. Teachers can serve as valuable allies in guiding your child through their emotions and experiences. At HHA, nurturing parent-teacher relationships stands as a top priority for us!


As we head into the Friday, remember that you're doing an incredible job! Keep up the good work, and continue to create a loving and supportive environment for your children to thrive. Here's to a year filled with cultivating compassionate leaders!


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