Help Your Child Adapt to the First Day of School

By: Educare Solutions
FREDERICK, Colo. - Sept. 13, 2022 - PRLog -- Going to school is a big adjustment for everyone, but it can be especially difficult if this is your first time sending your child to school. You may be feeling unprepared right now about going back to school season, so here are some strategies to help your child adapt to their first day of school.

Address Their Concerns

No doubt you have already been talking with your child about going to school, so make sure to set some time aside to discuss any concerns they may have. Walking with them to their classroom, writing down their bus number so they remember, or reassuring them you'll pick them up outside after school are all examples of how to give them encouragement they'll carry throughout the day before they see you again.

Help Them Make a Friend

If your child knows one of their classmates, they will feel comforted knowing they're not alone. Ask those around you if they're sending their children to the same school as your child, or get to know some parents on the first day of school. Having a friendly face there will distract your child from their worries and make the transition easier.

Establish a Routine

Going to school comes with a bundle of new challenges, such as adopting a new routine. You don't have to make any huge changes, but put some time aside during mornings, so your child can prepare for the day ahead. Peaceful mornings also help with anxieties, so keep that in mind when you're waking up your child or having breakfast together. Consistency in their routine will help them learn what to do each morning, and they'll be able to adjust quicker.

Reassure Them

On the first day of school, it's important to keep calm. With all your efforts made to prepare them for this important day, they may still have some worries in the back of their mind. This is to be expected, especially when they step into their school for the first time. Reassure them by pointing out all the other parents and kids there—everyone is there for the same reason, and your child will be able to relate to their peers.

Keep Goodbyes Short and Sweet

Drawing out the goodbye increases your child's anxiety, so offering your child a reassuring message before leaving is better than staying for a longer time. The first day is always hard, but hang in there! Each day, things will get easier as your child adapts to their new environment. This will also increase their confidence and their worries will be gone in no time. Remember, applying these strategies will give your child independence as they start to navigate life without you, which is just another part of growing up!
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