Back To School Psychology

Back to school psychology includes being prepared. What are kids facing? Questions parents should be asking themselves on how they should adjust for the new year. Dr. Bart Rossi joins WIN NEWS Back To School to discuss.

If you do a search of ‘back to school’,  shopping options dominate the search results. Backpacks, footwear, and ‘back to school’ links are plentiful. But what about getting kids mentally prepared for the new school season?  What anxieties do kids face? How do those anxieties vary from age group to age group? And how do parents get prepared?

When you refer to ‘back to school’ blues, or back to school anxiety, most often thinks of kids. But parents feel stress too, even if also excitement. The same holds true for students of all ages. A new school year means new classes, new teachers and potentially new friends. On the flip side, it could present new bullies, new changes, and new challenges as well.

As Eileen Kennedy-Moore points out in an article on Psychology Today, while kids are excited with new teachers, new classes, etc, it is also the cause of uncertainty.

And Thomas G. Plante, Ph.D. noted how he — as the parent of a teenager — is pretty nervous as his son enters the notorious ‘junior’ year of high school. Molly McElroy offers back to school tips for parents in her article [for the University of Washington]  noted that:

When kids go back to school in a few weeks, it can be a mixed bag of challenges including adjusting to school routines and worries over academics, bullies and fitting in with other peers.

There are many things parents can do for sure. Being involved is one thing: if you don’t recognize what changes your child is facing, you can’t really help with any transition required.

Back To School Psychology

In this episode psychologist Dr. Bart Rossi, Ph.D. delves into different perspectives and nuances in preparing for both kids and parents as they prepare for the new school year.  Dr. Bart Rossi is a career psychologist and a political psychologist commentator.



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