The first days of school can be tough for both parents and children. It is a big, exciting, transition and can leave us all teary-eyed. In this article, we look at how you and your child can prepare and get through the big day while staying as cool, calm, and collected as possible.
While school may be slightly different from the social distancing measures of Covid-19, younger children are generally being sent back to school.
Soothe Your Sobbing Six-Year-Old
If you anticipate a sad or stressful first day of school experience, there are several ways to make this special day go a little smoother.
The first day of school can be like walking into an unknown world, even if your child is familiar with their school. Uncertainty or worry can cause children to feel anxious, fearful, or even irritable.
Avoid trouble by preparing ahead of time and setting the day up to be a positive experience. Spend time to go over what the first day of school may be like. Make it feel special and exciting, but not overwhelming. Share stories about funny things that happened to you when you were six. Give them a mission, such as remembering the names of two new friends to report back later. Plan to do something extra special after school to celebrate.
For children who suffer from separation anxiety, give them a little piece of home to take with them. Choose a special toy or a drawing by mum to keep close. Say goodbye with a special handshake or catchphrase. This not only helps your child feel special but creates an easy ritual for saying goodbye each day.
Self-Soothing for Teary Parents
Parents can suffer from separation anxiety, just like children. It’s challenging to leave your little one in a new environment or with a new teacher.
To stay strong during the first few days of school, create a game plan for yourself. Prep ahead of time by getting to know the teacher, meet other parents in your child’s class, and prepare yourself mentally for the big day. It can be helpful to schedule a date with a friend, a relaxing spa appointment, or something else to celebrate this big new step for you and your family – and distract your tears.
Written by Kaitlan D.
As well as a writer with a passion for education, Kaitlan works in a wellness practice, working with mothers, mothers-to-be and hopeful mothers.
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