As most of our kids will head back to school, so will Back to School Jitters. It really doesn’t matter if you are sending your little one of to Kindergarten, Middle School or even High School. Back to School jitters are there.
I have to be honest, I never ever thought that my kids are caught by the back to school virus. My Tween and teen always loved going to school, never had an issue. I never got “Mom, I wanna quit” or “Mom, Please let me stay home”.
So it was really strange when my Teen work up the first day of school at 5AM!!! on his own; he sleep till noon every other day. I thought he was just excited to see all his friends and make new friends, he will be a sophomore this year and he’s at the same school for the 3rd year. Not really anything to worry about.
I moved on my daily routine and send him off to the bus at the godly unearthly time of 6:15 AM; not a worry in the world. The Teen came back home that day talking about how much fun he had and I was excited. He did mention that he has a rash and he wants me to wash his bed, he thinks something might have bit him. No big deal I thought and washed the bed. We do have dogs after all.
Again, I didn’t give it second thoughts, the next morning the Teen woke up quit ill. He was not in any position to even eat breakfast, this being the second day of school and a Friday, I told him he has to go to school and for him to pull himself together and he will be okay.
Again, I had no worries, he sometimes complains about stomach issues and so do I, nothing unusual and I give him some meds and he gets better. He’s not a complainer and he never lies to me so why would I be worried. He got his stuff, grabbed an Advil and off to school he went.
That afternoon he came home, happy and cheerful and said he felt better, so must have been something he ate, or so I thought. That night he mentioned to me “Mom, if I’m so sick again like this morning and this rash on my body is itching like it is now, we are going to the Dr.”. This is when I dropped everything and sat down with my Teen and asked questions.
Rash? Sick? Doctor? Are just a few words the Teen hardly ever uses. I looked at his rash and he had welts all over his body, surly they aren’t bed bug bites that he had thought the night before, the stomach issue probly wasn’t from anything he ate. So I asked questions and we came to the conclusion that he is worried about school.
My Teen has the Back to School Jitters, who would have thought this very popular kid with many friends, who is liked by everyone in school and a girl on each finger that wants to date him has the Back to School Jitters?
I gave him some Benadryl, told him to sleep on the couch and let’s see if the rash will go away by morning or maybe it is his bed. However, it’s also Saturday .
I woke the Teen Saturday morning and low behold, his rash was gone, his hand that was just itching and he scratched till it got bloody the day before was back to normal and he wasn’t feeling sick at all. You tell me; am I wrong if I think this is school related?
Now I’m worried, what is bothering my Teen so much that he gets these kind of reactions, is it teachers, maybe girls, maybe a class? I spend sometime talking to him and reassuring that things will be okay, he is an honor roll student and liked by all his friends, never been a troublemaker so why start now to worry?
I found out a few things that bother the Teen this year and even he’s trying to hide it, his body is telling him different. Keep a close eye on your Teen and watch for any changes like:
Strange illness or rashes
loss of sleep – you know Teens sleep all the time
extreme quiet if he/she is a talker
What you as a parent can and should do:
Foremost the most important thing is TALK to your Teen
Don’t ignore change, because you think it’s a phase
Reassure your Teen you are there for him/her
These are just a few ideas if you have a Teen and you think your Teen has caught the Jitter Bug. I’m in no way an expert, just a Mom, who thinks that if my teen has caught the Jitter Bug yours may too….EVERYONE can catch the Bug!!
Would love to hear how your Teen is handling the back to School and if he/she caught the Bug and how you guys are dealing with it? We are all in this together… Let’s talk