First Day of School: 15 Mental Health Tips for Adults & Children Surviving

Here are some tips to help you enjoy this unique experience and have the most fantastic first day of school.

1. Just Because Someone Says it, Doesn’t Make it True. Kids can say mean things to hurt you because they want something and are upset. Adults can do the same.

First Day of School Tips for Younger Kids

Younger children often interpret “being wrong” in an adult’s eyes as meaning they are a terrible person or very disliked. Teach your child that their teacher is upset with what they did, but they do not hate you as a person.

2. Doing Something Wrong Doesn’t Make You a Bad Person.

As a child you may have heard adults say “stop crying, or I will give you something to cry about.” Unfortunately, this mentality can lead children to bottle up and internalize their issues.

3. It’s Okay to Cry

Doing fun things like playing, interacting with friends, running, and jumping are essential parts of development.

4. Having Fun Is Important

When they feel like a situation is becoming too overwhelming, children will reach their upper limits. Tell them to cool off in their room or step a few feet away from the situation and let them have a breather.

5. Teach Them How to Take a Breather

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