Arapaho Classical Magnet PTA

Anxiety, Back to School, and Tools to Help Support Your Children
Presenter: Dr. Vicki Nguyen
October 1, 2020

Presentation Outline:


  • Why does anxiety exist? The good, the bad, and the ugly…
  • When anxiety goes from normal to abnormal, and what to listen for

How to Support My Child in an Unpredictable Time:

  • Family meetings
  • Reflective listening
  • Validating feelings
  • Parental self-care
  • Putting thoughts on trial
  • Seeking clarity, not making assumptions
  • New routines
  • Choosing curiosity over anxiety


  • Be adaptable!
  • Encourage off-screen outlets for your children by exploring their motivation for on-screen outlets
  • It’s okay to set rules, but…
    • Spell them out clearly
    • Be consistent (and if you make changes, explain why!)
    • Monitor your own screen behaviors

At-Home Learning Environments:

  • Practice self-compassion
  • Engage your child in establishing their school space and ask them what they need
  • Separate sleep space from work space
  • Practice good self-care to set your child up for success
  • Check in with them and ask how they need help

Remind your children that they are brave!  Celebrate the wins and praise their effort!

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