Tips for dealing with back-to-school jitters

August 17, 2011 5:03:33 AM PDT
Kids and parents are counting down the days until it's back to school, and for some, that leads to first day jitters.

Psychologists say there are a lot of reasons kids may be nervous, including new classmates, courses and teachers.

But parents can help children cope by sharing stressful situations they had in school and by talking about how they handled them.

Also, remind children how well it went for them in past years.

However, if the jitters persist, it may be time to consider seeking professional help.

Two other helpful resources if your child's jitters just don't seem to be going away are your child's school guidance counselor and school psychologist.