09/04/2015 01:37 EDT | Updated 09/04/2015 01:59 EDT

Back To School Jitters: 5 Ways To Calm Your Child's Nerves

Parenting expert Alyson Schafer shares tips on how to ease your child's nerves.


The beginning of school is an exciting but sometimes scary time for children. As parents, we have a tendency to either forget how big a deal it is for our youngsters, or we go to the other extreme and project our own childhood anxieties onto them. Neither is helpful.

Here are five ways to be sure you’re giving the right level of support on that unsettling first day of school.

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Remember that both feelings of excitement and nervousness can produce adrenaline and can feel the same. It’s possible your overexcited child is actually nervous, or vice versa. And lastly, don’t forget to make time for breakfast! An empty tummy can intensify whatever feelings they’re trying to manage.