Please find below articles written by Michelle Lurie, Psy.D., ABPdN. These are most helpful to parents of younger children.
“What is Back-to-School Anxiety? The prospect of returning to school after the summer break is both exciting and anxiety provoking for our children. Even for those children who have attended camp, returning to the classroom setting, having a new teacher, and being surrounded by some unfamiliar faces can create anything from “butterflies in the tummy” to downright panic.”
“Your child’s social-emotional development is as important as his or her cognitive and physical development. Unlike learning to walk and talk, however, social-emotional skills are not as easy to see and may therefore be more difficult to teach. One of the critical skills young children learn is the ability to develop self control. This is a skill that is critical to children’s school success and overall healthy development.”
“How often do you turn to your TV to keep your child occupied for a few minutes while you attempt to finish a task? How often does this “few minutes” increase to an hour or more? According to the American Psychiatric Association, American children watch an average of 28 hours of television a week.”
Why Is My Child Different?
“What an amazing experience preschool is! When our children enter at age 2, they are in diapers, barely talking, and clinging to mom and dad. Over the next two to three years, a remarkable transformation takes place, and our children leave preschool ready for the challenges and demands of kindergarten. But development does not happen in the same way, at the same time, for all children.”