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Back-to-school meltdowns: they’re nothing new. But that doesn’t make them any easier. And (surprise, surprise!) after being out of school for so long due to the pandemic, we expect things to be a bit different than usual.


Back-to-school meltdowns in 2021

To give an example, we won’t be surprised to see meltdowns happen to older kids too this year, after not having been to school for such a long time. For younger kids, separation anxiety might be more of an issue, simply because they’re not used to being away from you for so long. In our episode, we discuss a ton of more reasons why your kid might be experiencing back-to-school meltdowns.

We also answer questions like:

  • What causes a child to have a meltdown?
  • When are my kid’s meltdowns healthy and when not (anymore)?
  • How to prevent back-to-school meltdowns?
  • What to do when your kid is having back-to-school meltdowns.
  • How to handle different kinds of meltdowns and situations.

Tips on how to deal with my kid’s back-to-school meltdowns

In this week’s Podcast Therapists episode, we give a bunch of tips on how to deal with your kid’s back-to-school meltdowns. Here, you can already read three of our tips:

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#1 Screen your kid then they get home from school
Make sure your kid is not really hungry, thirsty, feeling sick or anything else that could be causing the meltdown

#2 Create a routine
This goes for both PM and AM. It’s also a good idea to try to invite your kid into the PM routine. Giving them some control back can be very helpful for them after having been told what to do the entire day.

#3 Give your child the space it needs to re-regulate
We get that you’re incredibly excited and curious to find out everything about their first few days back in school. What did they do? How is their teacher? Did they make any new friends? But bear in mind that they might need some time and space to process everything first before they talk to you.

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