Back to School Worries

Back to School Worries
By: Wendy Ray

It's hard to believe the summer is winding down and classes are back in session at many of our Heartland schools. T

he start of school is no big deal for some kids, but that's not the case for everyone.
Kids who are starting a new school can experience some anxieties and of course, so can kindergartners and their parents.

Five year old Lydia Gentry was ready to start kindergarten Monday, but not everyone in her house felt the same way. "She was very excited," Lydia's mom Becky says. "It was more difficult for me to accept that she's old enough, but she's done well." Becky can't wait to the end of the day until Lydia comes home. Lydia talks to her mom about all the fun things she does at school. Alma Schrader counselor Julie Unnerstall says that's a great way for children and parents to get adjusted. "I think it's important to go ahead and reassure the student that we'll be seeing each other at the end of the day," she says.

Unnerstall says often times parents are more upset than children when starting school, but there are some little ones who have a hard time in the beginning. She says it's important not to push them; most children calm down after a few minutes. There's no getting past the fact that parents will miss their child, but Unnerstall says they should remember there are plenty of other eyes watching over them when they're not there. "We want to make sure the students are safe and happy just as much as parents want them to be safe and happy," she says.


nnerstall adds orientation before school starts is very helpful for new students and kindergartners.