Going back to school can be exciting and scary simultaneously. Of course, if you’re a highly sensitive child that means something totally different (Past PT Blog). You are more sensitive to sounds, more likely to feel the pressure to make new friends, and oftentimes more anxious about meeting up with the same troublemakers (i.e. bullies) from last year. So what as an informed and intelligent adult can you do to lessen your children’s fears? Of course, this is the million dollar question, which has different answers for every child. What I can do is give you some tips today, and get you on your way.
Three Tips for Today
In my mentoring program for sensitive kids, Jackson, age nine is starting a new school and is apprehensive of going. He’s excited for the after-school activities but feels super nervous about whether he’ll like it or not. His mom, Jennifer, found this new school after Jackson was bullied and his prior school fumbled the handling of it.
Working with Jackson, we did a few things and three of them I’ll share here:
Highly sensitive boys and girls most certainly can enjoy the school experience. They need the right “school match” so they feel safe, comfortable and able to be themselves as well as someone who can give them suggestions on how to handle the stressors related to everyday life and being highly sensitive. Above are three beginning suggestions and of course, there are more but hopefully this gets you pointed in the right direction.
Maureen Healy is an award-winning author, speaker and professional working with highly sensitive children globally. Her book, Growing Happy Kids, won the 2014 Nautilus Book Award, and this year she was on AOL’s, web series “The Fatherhood Project” with Hank Azaria. To find out more, you can go to: www.growinghappykids.com or @mdhealy