Parents sometimes affected by back to school jitters more than kids

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Children weren’t the only ones feeling the back to school jitters Monday.

Parents were too.

And sometimes, it’s the seasoned parents who worry the most.

“I’ve heard about middle school and the changes that our children go through, so I’m really nervous about that,” said Monika Woolard, parent.

She said this year, the first day of school is different. Her son Tyrq is at a new school and, not to mention, he’s starting the 6th grade.

“So many different teachers, the communication, not being there with him, it’s new,” she said.

“I don’t think she has anything to worry about,” said Tyrq Artis, student.

That’s the same sentiments that school counselor Olivia Salter has. She said their feelings are nothing unusual. With 18 years of experience under her belt, she laughs at the many memories of seeing parents react on the first day of school.

“I think some people experience that anxiety more so than others,” explained Olivia Salter. “What it’s really about is how we choose to deal with that and how handle that anxiety”

Salter said that’s part of the reason Pitt County’s Schools have what they call “Independence Day” for their K through 8 students.

On the established day and thereafter, the parents are no longer allowed to walk their children to class. And parents have to start scheduling meetings with teachers.

“I know, even in 5th grade, when those parents and children are in middle school, we still have those parents that want to come in every day,” said Salter. “And it’s hard, ‘cause you want them to be involved and you want them feel like they have an open and working relationship with the school, but, like I said, we want to encourage those children to stand on their own.”

Something students like Tyrq said he’s more than capable of doing.

Pitt County Schools’ system-wide Independence Day is September 19th.

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