Heading back to the classroom after months of summer vacation can make almost any child uneasy, and most kids need at least a little help adjusting to the changes that a new school year brings. If talk of that inevitable first day distresses your child, one of these 7 solutions for getting rid of those first day of school jitters may help.

1. Talk It Out

Children need to know that their feelings and emotions are valid, so encourage your kids to verbalize any thoughts or fears they have about the first day of school. Ask open-ended questions, and listen closely to the answers. While you may not be able to fix the problem, kids will often feel better knowing that their concerns have been heard and understood.

2. Plan a Preview

Most schools offer programs like meet the teacher nights where students can meet their new teacher and see their new classroom before the school year actually starts. Take advantage of these, and help your child find the answers to any questions he has before that first day begins.

3. Encourage Reading

A book like Miss Bindergarten Goes to Kindergarten will help kindergartners know what to expect on that first day in the classroom. And older students can benefit from reading too; this list of Great Back to School Books for Middle Schoolers addresses the social issues — like fitting in and finding friends — that worry many tweens and teens.

4. Model a Positive Attitude

While you may be worried, and even a little teary-eyed, about watching your baby head off on that first day, be sure to keep a positive attitude in front of your child. Kids pick up on more than we realize, and it only makes them more nervous to realize that we are nervous too.

5. Find a Friend

Are there any kids in the neighborhood or long-time friends who will be headed to school with your child? For a kid, having someone you already know be there on that first day to share a seat on the bus or at the lunch table can go a long way in allaying first day fears.

6. Invest in Outside Help

Why is your child worried about the first day? If it's because he struggles academically, consider investing in a summer tutor to sharpen his skills and boost his confidence. If you're going through a divorce or have a child who struggles with extreme anxiety, it could be time to consider an appointment with a therapist or psychologist.

And don't forget about school counselors, who are a wonderful — and free resource — that many parents overlook.

7. Show Your Support

Little things, like a special back-to-school breakfast or a shopping spree for fun new school clothes, can go a long way in calming kids' fears about the upcoming school year. Some parents send a small picture or trinket in their child's backpack on that first day to help them feel closer to home, while others add notes or surprises to their lunchboxes. No matter what you do, rest assured that first day of school jitters rarely last, and before you know it, your kids will be happily heading off to class.