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How to Encourage a Child Who is Anxious About the First Day of School

How to Encourage a Child Who is Anxious About the First Day of School
How to Encourage a Child Who is Anxious About the First Day of School

How to Encourage a Child Who is Anxious About the First Day of School

As the new school year approaches, many children may experience anxiety and nervousness, especially when facing the first day of school. Parents and caregivers need to provide support and encouragement during this time. Here are some practical tips, along with relevant Scripture references, to help you encourage a child who is anxious about the first day of school.

1. Pray Together

Start by engaging in a powerful act of faith-praying together with your child. Recall the comforting words of Philippians 4:6-7, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Encourage your child to pray and share their feelings with God, knowing He cares for them.

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2. Offer Words of Assurance

Share comforting words of assurance from Scripture with your child. For example, in Joshua 1:9 it says, "Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." Remind your child that they are not alone and that God is with them every step of the way, including the first day of school.

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3. Share Personal Stories

Connect with your child by sharing personal stories of overcoming fear and anxiety from your own life, and how faith and trust in God helped you through challenging times. Let your child know that it's okay to feel anxious, but they can rely on God's strength and presence, just like you did.

4. Encourage Positive Thinking

Encourage your child to focus on the good things and trust God's plans. Remind them of Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." Help them shift their perspective from fear to hope and anticipation of the good things to come. For example, you can encourage them to think about the new friends they will make or the exciting things they will learn at school.

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5. Show Love and Support

Express your love and support to your child. Offer a listening ear, a comforting hug, and reassurance that you are there for them. Remind them of God's love as emphasized in 1 John 4:18, "There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear." Let your child feel deeply loved by you and by God.

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As you prepare for the first day of school, remember to reinforce these principles and be a source of strength and encouragement for your child. With God's help and loving support, your child can face the new school year with confidence and peace.

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How to Encourage a Child Who is Anxious About the First Day of School
How to Encourage a Child Who is Anxious About the First Day of School

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