Summertime is over and it's time for kids to head back to school. For some kids, going to school is a time of lots of excitement. They get to see their friends again, they get to go on fun field trips and learn all kinds of new things. But for other kids, the first day of school can be a day filled with anxiety. There are a lot of new things for them to process - new teachers, new friends and maybe even a new school.
In most cases, these anxieties fade rather quickly. However, adopted children face a more existential crisis when starting at a new school. They worry about others knowing that they're adopted and fear having to talk about it (with classmates, even teachers) when the topic arises.
The easiest way to mitigate this anxiety for a child is to be open and honest with them about adoption from an early age. The goal should be to instill a certain confidence in the child about their story and how they came to be a part of the family. If a child is confident about adoption, then they're more likely to walk into the classroom on day one with their head held high.
Teachers can also be a part of the solution. If a teacher knows that a child might be anxious about their adoption, he/she could plan a small lesson or book read around the topic. She could introduce the class to adoption and see if anyone wants to share their adoption story in a safe and welcoming space.