SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Heading back to school can be an exciting time for students as they reunite with old friends and learn new things, but it can also spark some anxiety in some children.

Jessica Latin, a professional counselor joins us in studio to say what stressors our kids may be faced with and what parents can do to help.

For scheduling, Latin suggested, “making it clear what the expectations are throughout the week, as well as writing down a specific schedule and including some time just for relaxation and play time.”

Just like the new fall schedule, kids will also be getting used to interacting with other kids seven to eight hours a day and possibly be subject to bullying or trying to fit in. Latin says it’s suggested that parents sign their kids up for things they are interested in so they can become more involved.

Lastly, since the country is moving towards a post-COVID mentality Latin mentioned it would be a good idea to set up a tour of the school if the parent’s child has not experienced school in person.

“For those kids that have never attended school in person to allow them the opportunity to come get a tour of the school, meet their teachers in advance, and find their classes in advance so they can avoid being overwhelmed on the first day of school,” Latin said.