First Day Fears
first day of kindergarten can be a scary time for some kids (and some moms and
dads too!). Starting school is
something that kids have probably been thinking about all summer.
Now, they walk in to a new room with all these new kids, and new
grownups, and new “stuff” and maybe Mom looks a little teary-eyed that her
“baby” is growing up so fast... well it’s no wonder some kids suddenly
cling to parents and cry! Here
are a few tips for getting through those first few days.
Try to act confident yourself. If you seem anxious and unsure about leaving your child at
school, children pick up on that and start wondering if there really is
something to worry about!
If possible, plan on staying for 5 or 10 minutes the first
day getting your child settled. A
longer or shorter amount of time may make separation harder.
When it is time for you to leave, make sure you say
goodbye. Trying to “sneak out”
when the child is busy and not looking, sometimes makes kids panic a few
minutes later, and may make separation even more difficult the next day.
Separation problems sometimes show up on the second or
third day, just when you think you’re getting off easy!
It is also common for children to have problems when there are major
changes in the home. Let me know if there is anything happening at your house that
you think is important for us to know.
Please remember that I am a parent myself and really do
understand how hard this can be. I
know that you are entrusting me with a very precious gift, and I feel very
honored that I will be your child’s first teacher.
If your child is having an especially hard time, I will
give you a call at home or work.
I’m looking forward to a great year!