First day of school can cause a whole variety of emotions for young kids and teenagers from excitement to nervousness/anxiety. A great/fun resource for parents to help their kids is a website by Reid Wilson, PhD and Lynn Lyons, LICSW - http://www.playingwithanxiety.com
Their book for kids, "Playing with Anxiety" is free to download in PDF and also included is a simple puzzle with strategies.
They are the authors of a couple of books:
- Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous & Independent Children
- Playing with Anxiety: Casey’s Guide for Teens and Kids.
It is very beneficial for kids/teens and parents to understand that anxiety is a normal reaction and that there are many good strategies to deal with worries so that school and growing up is fun!