We’re fast approaching that time of back to school shopping for clothes, school supplies, backpacks, and the list goes on. Our focus shifts from summer fun to starting school again. Many children experience symptoms of anxiety as they prepare to return back to school such as having stomach aches, difficulty sleeping, irritability, decreased appetite, and increased meltdowns. As parents, here are some ways you can ease your child’s anxiety at this time of transition into the school year.
About every 40 seconds, a human being takes their own life. Let’s really think about this statement. Dentists recommend we brush our teeth for two minutes, twice a day. That means that just within the time you brushed your teeth yesterday, SIX people died as a result of suicide. These six people were someone’s child, sibling, spouse, parent, friend…
After clarifying and expanding the meaning of trauma, it’s time to take a look at Healing and Support. (Please see the previous blog “Understanding Trauma” if you missed it.)
The great news is that healing IS possible! The highlight of my days is witnessing tentative glimmers of hope grow into fully engaged and meaningful lives. I get to watch as the marks of trauma transform into being only part of the story, with the rest of the pages telling of strength. I firmly believe (and science proves) that humans are innately wired to move towards health and will as long as they have the safety and support to overcome stuck points.
Summer is around the corner, kids can’t wait- they are counting down until the last day of school. Kids view summer as fun, fun and more fun. Summer is meant to be a time for relaxation and fun, but for most kids too much free time can be problematic. Keeping children in a routine is key, as it enhances accountability and promotes self-control.