I’ve been on vacation so I’m behind on writing posts. While I work on a new one, I thought this would be a good time to repost this one from last August. It is for parents of recent high school graduates heading off to college in the next few weeks.
The work of a child psychologist is seasonal. There are two types of clients who frequently show up in my office for the first time during the month of August. First, there are the children who are anxious about the start of a new school year. The calendar flips to August, and all of sudden, these kids can’t relax and they can’t sleep. They are plagued by thoughts like “What if I get a mean teacher?” and “What if I can’t learn the times tables?” and “What if I don’t have any friends in my lunch period?”. Some are repeat customers; they go through this a few weeks before the start of each new school year. For some, it’s a one-and-done experience.
The other type of client that shows up in August is the rising college freshman. About a quarter of the time, they are feeling some apprehension about the…
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