Many caregivers and parents are curious about the signs they might see that children are feeling worried about the return to school. Here are some common symptoms kids experience when they experience stress.
- Complaints of headaches and/or stomachaches
- Resistance going to school; school refusal
- Opposition and defiance
- Withdrawn behavior
It is important to normalize reactions for the first few weeks while getting back into a new routine – especially after last years’ breaks from in-person school for many students. All transitions create some stress and you can expect to see some changes in all children, but if they persist longer than the first few weeks, then you should see if the child might benefit from some additional support.