I was always a goody two shoes growing up- I loved having a perfect attendance record, I strived to be the teacher’s helper, and I always turned in assignments on time. You would think that meant I loved school, right? Wrong! I was just honing my people-pleaser skills from an early age. While I did enjoy learning, I actually had a lot of anxiety about going to school, especially around major transition times. The start of a new school year, new teachers, exams, big projects, you name it. Sunday nights were usually the worst- I remember my stomach churning and falling asleep seemed impossible. Back then I didn’t have a name for it, I just knew that when my tummy hurt, it meant something stressful was going on at school that week.
(Originally published on San Francisco Mom’s Blog on August 16, 2016)