It's almost time for our children to go back to school. Some children feel a little anxious about going to a new school or making new friends.
We asked mental health professional and talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw for advice about reducing a child's back to school anxiety.
"Kids will be anxious because it's an unknown for them obviously," said McGraw. “But our job as parents is to prepare our children for the next level of life."
McGraw suggests role playing with our kids. In fact, it's great to do some rehearsals.
"I always took my boys up to a new school before it started," said McGraw. "We walked around, got familiar with it. So he knew you're going here, turn right, and go down here."
Also, any little bit of information that makes them feel empowered takes away a lot of anxiety.
"Kids don't want to be passengers," said McGraw. "They want to feel like they're in control. And when they have information, then they feel like they're in control."