Preparing your child for the for the First Day of School can greatly reduce separation anxiety and fear of the unknown. We have collected five of the most helpful tips help prepare your child for the transition to school.
Adjust Your Child's Sleep Schedule The summer could've allowed for your child's sleeping pattern to be altered--later nights turn into sleepy mornings. A well-rested child is a happy child, so start adjusting their bedtime about week before the first day of school.
Shop for School Supplies Together Permission to spend money? Yes, please! A child is more likely to be excited about school as opposed to anxious if they get a say in what supplies they'd get to use. Besides getting the excitement of being able to show off their new things on the first day of school, this also presents a significant bonding opportunity with your child.
Meet the Teachers This is a significant step for a child who would be stepping into school for the very first time. Most schools have a back-to-school night or meet and greet for this purpose! Have the teacher take your child for at least a few minutes so that the teacher can get to know your child and vice versa. Encourage your child to talk to the teacher and ask any questions they may have.
Pack a Comfort Item Some extra anxious children really benefit from an object that is familiar to them. Younger children find comfort in teddy bears, plush toys or blanket and could ease them for the first few days of school. Show them where they could find the special item in their backpack and let them know that they can take it out whenever they miss you.
Talk to Your Child When all is said and done, what really matters is how your child feels about the first day of school. Especially true for older children, feelings about returning to class could range from excitement to dread and everything in between. Talking definitely eases a child's mind and gives them an opportunity to have their feelings become validated by someone they trust--you.
Finally, you must also take time to prepare yourself! Oftentimes, parents are more anxious about the first day of school than their own children are. Once all preparations are done, you'll have time to possibly enjoy a quiet house, follow-up on self-care and other duties, etc. Before you know it, it will be pick-up time!