Help build confidence through making choices:
Much of a child’s day-to-day routine is already decided for them. Allowing your child to make small choices daily, such as what you listen to in the car on the way to school, what shoes to wear, or what fruit to pack in their lunch can help them feel more confident and in control. If too many choices are overwhelming, limit the options to two such as grapes or an apple.
Participate in activities to reduce stress and anxiety:
Help your child reduce stress and anxiety with different activities they enjoy. This could be achieved by going outside, doing a favorite craft or hobby, short bursts of physical activity, or even saying positive affirmations together. It may seem difficult with an already full daily schedule, trying to get everyone dressed, have assignments done, getting to places on time, but look for small moments when your child can decompress. Even a minute or two of calming breathing exercises and a hug before being dropped off at school can make a world of difference.
Find the things they love:
Trying to fit in at school and learning how to get along with people that may not share the same interests as you is a good skill to learn, but may be a source of anxiety. If your child feels that they cannot share some of their true interests at school, help them find another opportunity such as a club or team. You could also set aside special family time to explore and participate in your child’s specific interest. Acknowledging and assisting your child in their true interests and helping them find opportunities where they belong will help them manage situations where they may not feel like they connect to others and is so important to their confidence and self-image.