If your little child starts their pre-school days this coming school year, this could be one of the simplest yet difficult decisions you can make. As a parent, we are excited as our child takes their first step towards their goals. Also, we are excited to witness how happy our child is making friends and interacting with their classmates.
On the other hand, there are times that we feel sad with the fact that they are starting to become independent. Well, this is a normal reaction of a parent. This transition may also pose different feelings to your child. Most preschoolers are proud knowing the fact that they are starting to grow older and at the same time sad knowing that they will be separated from you for a few hours.
In this post, we are going to share with you some tips on how to prepare your kids for their first day of school. So, without further ado, let’s get started.
Read Books About Preschool
As a parent, it is essential to be a good role model to your child. Reading can be one of the best hobbies they can learn from us. So, if you are fond of reading, it would be best if you read books that talked about pre-schooling. We could borrow a few books from the library to share with our kids before they start school.
Listen to Their Worries
There are times that we are tempted to reassure our children about their worries. But, this won’t do them any good. Instead, let them feel that we care about their worries no matter how small they are. Recognizing their whereabouts can positively affect their life and school experiences.
It is important to make our kids understand that being worried, scared, excited, sad, and happy are the normal feelings they will experience as they start their school life. We need to explain to them that experiencing something new is a little bit scary yet exciting.
Stick With Both Morning and Bedtime Routines
If followed properly, a good routine can help our child to feel reassurance and belongingness. Aside from that, the bedtime routine is the best time for us to have a good connection with our children to become more responsive and attentive to their needs.
A good morning routine means waking up our children with positive thoughts, helping them to get dressed, and sharing breakfast with them. Take note that our children love to have a good morning chat with us before going to school.
Plan to Stay a Little While
On our child’s first day at school, they may feel uncomfortable and scared to be left alone. To ease this sudden change in circumstances for them, it would be best if we will start with them for about 30 minutes. This allows us to explore their new classroom together and meet new kids and their parents.
When our child feels more comfortable with the new environment, we can now say goodbye to them. On the other hand, if our children find it hard to interact with the other kids, it would be best to stay with them until they feel comfortable.
Resist the Rescue
If your child starts to cry because he/she misses you, do not run towards them and hug them. This step could be pretty upsetting for our kids but keep in mind that it is normal for our kids to feel uncomfortable at this point.
As a parent, we know that letting our child take a step out of their comfort zone is quite difficult, but the only thing we can do is to support them as they move one step closer to their dreams.
We cannot deny the fact that every child finds it hard when starting school. Most of them are hesitant and don’t know where and how to start communicating with other people.
We hope that the things we mentioned above helped you to prepare your little child to start schooling. After all, as a parent, our main responsibility is to support our child with whatever they want in life as long as it will lead them to a prosperous life.