This year’s back-to-school season will be far different from previous years.

Parents now have to make the difficult decision as to whether or not to send their kids to school with COVID-19 cases still persisting.

If you’re a parent, you’re probably having some tough conversations and feeling anxious and stressed. You’re not alone. A recent webinar hosted by Lumino Health, called “This year’s back-to-school conversations,” found that among the parents that were in attendance:

  • 66% feel nervous but ready to send their kids back,
  • 21% feel anxious and that it’s too soon, and
  • 13% can’t wait to send their kids back because they feel like their kids really need the structure that school provides.

But what can you do to ease your concerns and those of your children? This webinar’s expert panelists –Clinical Psychologist Yaniv Elharrar and Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) Raisa Loureiro – provide expert tips on preparing kids for going back to school. Watch the video above to find out:

  • what you can do to ease your child’s anxieties or concerns,
  • how you can have honest conversations with your kids about what’s happening,
  • how you can get your kids to open up and talk about their concerns,
  • how to have an age-appropriate approach to your conversations,
  • how can you avoid projecting your own fears and anxieties onto your kids,
  • ways to use storytelling to show kids how they can cope with certain situations,
  • how you can help kids cope with COVID-19 at school and
  • how you can manage your own stress and practise self-care.

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