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The First Day Of School

The first day of school is often a nerve wrecking experience for both parents and children.  While adjusting to a new environment, routine and people could be a bit ‘scary’, taking this step is a necessary part of preparing a child for life and it is a wonderful opportunity for them to spread their wings. Do You Have Everything? Making sure […]

The First Day Of School

The first day of school is often a nerve wrecking experience for both parents and children.  While adjusting to a new environment, routine and people could be a bit ‘scary’, taking this step is necessary part of preparing a child for life and it is a wonderful opportunity for them to spread their wings.

Do You Have Everything?

Making sure your child has everything she needs will eliminate a lot of anxiety. Schools normally supply a list of stationery and other school supplies needed.  Take this list seriously. Kids become anxious when their friends unpack everything the teacher asks for and they are missing some items.

Mark Everything

Mark your child’s possessions with their name and as much other detail as you can fit onto that item.  While it sounds obvious to mark items so that they can be returned to your child, it also helps your child to identify their belongings and to learn how to take care of them.

Home Time

Make sure your child understands who will be collecting them from school.   Give as much detail as you can.  If your child travels by bus ask a friend’s older child to walk your child to the school bus after school.

Meet the Teacher

This is an opportunity for you to build a healthy rapport with a person that will play a significant role in your child’s life.  Ask them about their methods of disciplining, whether they need help with fund raising etc.  Commit to helping them.  Take time in the initial meeting to explain any health or school related issues pertaining to your child.  Keep them informed of any changes at home – new siblings, moving house, divorce, death etc. -which may influence your child’s behavior

 

When it comes down to it, your child has since the day they were born taken a cue about how to feel about something based on your reaction.  Be positive and excited.  Make sure you have everything you need and be emotionally prepared that this day might be harder on you than it is on your child!

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