Starting School: Top Kid School Fears

Plus, fear-busting strategies to ease your child's going-to-school anxiety.
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Starting nursery school or kindergarten can be an anxiety-inducing time for kids. Child experts give the inside scoop on what scares first-time schoolers the most and fear-busting strategies for parents.

1. What if I don't know anyone at school?

Explain to your child that getting to know new friends is part of what's fun about starting school and give her positive encouragement, "This will be a great opportunity to make new friends. Whenever you meet new kids your age you usually get along with them great!"

You can also help the friend-making process along by inviting her school mates over for a playdate.

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