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Starting school is a child's first major transition and it can be hard for parents and children. Dr. Allen Josephson, Chief Executive Officer at the University of Louisville Bingham Clinic, has some tips for handling separation anxiety for students and parents.
Dr. Josephson says some children are naturally more anxious than others. A child's anxiety level also reflects what they see in their parents. If they know their parents are anxious, the child won't want to leave.
He says Parents should focus on being excited about their child's new adventure. Don't share your worries and concerns about school. Dr. Allen says separation anxiety is completely normal for 6-7 year old children. Great anxiety about school in older kids is a cause for concern.