The first day of school can be scary for some children. Help calm your child’s fears with these 6 easy tips. You’ll be setting your child up for success inside and outside the classroom. Keep reading to find your favorite idea!
My daughter will be going to kindergarten for the first time this year, and I’ll be honest in saying that my momma’s heart is both full of joy and worry.
I worry that there is still so much to teach her that she doesn’t know. But I’m full of joy for her that she’s going to be learning and growing in ways that I can’t teach her.
As a child, some of my favorite memories were holding a fresh notebook for the first time, opening up a box of brand new crayons, and trying to color coordinate my school supplies on our family’s limited budget.
What about you? Will your child be going to school for the first time this year?
Or are your kid’s experienced learners, ready to hit the books and be with their friends again?
No matter your family’s situation, it’s pretty easy to find excitement running through the house on the first day of school. (Perhaps more from the parents than the kids).
The first day of school also brings a lot of fears and anxiety.
New experiences are not easy for anyone, especially young children. The important thing to do as their parent is to first, love them and try our best to understand where they’re coming from.
To help you do so, I want to share with you 6 tips to help you calm your child’s fears about the first day of school. I know these tips will help you as you help navigate your child’s emotions.
First Day of School – 6 Tips For Calming a Child’s Fears
1. Talk About How Exciting The First Day of School Can Be
Children are excellent at discerning the feelings of those around them, especially their parent’s feelings.
It’s important you take the time to daily express your excitement for them and the new adventure’s they will be having at school!
Be as specific as possible and do this a few weeks leading up to the first day of school.
Some examples include talking about their new color pencils, crayons, certain children who will be in their classroom, going back to school shopping, and the different topics they will be learning.
2. Walk or Drive Them To Or From School
If you have the availability to walk or drive your child to or from school, do it!
This will allow you additional time to speak with them and answer any questions that may be going through their minds.
This is also precious time to discuss with them the events of the day, things they learned, friends they made, and other activities that occurred during the day.
3. Use Words of Affirmation
Children desperately want to be loved and feel secure in this love.
Express words of affirmation to them throughout this new experience. Take the time to recognize that this may be difficult for your child and express how proud you are of them for having the courage to continue forward.
Do not verbalize these words once but often. Children want to be treated with respect and will show their respect in return when they feel secure and loved.
4. Surprises And Reminders During School
We all love surprises, and some of the best ways to secretly and quietly give a surprise to your child can be in their lunch sack or backpack.
Write a note expressing your love for your child. I recommend putting the note in their lunch bag where you know they will find it.
The backpack is a trickier place to put surprises because if they don’t go into a certain pocket, it might be days or weeks before they find your note.
5. Be There for Them When They Come Home From School
Be available to your children when they come home from school.
It’s so important to be available and willing to listen to how their day went. Be ready to provide kind words of counsel and advice, but more importantly, be willing to do a lot of listening.
6. Express Pride In Them And All That They’re Doing
Express how proud you are of your child, not just on the first day of school, but every day after.
There are so many voices shouting at your children on what’s cool, what’s not, how to act, look, think, and these voices can be so overwhelming. Especially as they try to live a life full of virtue, courage, and honor.
This is why it’s necessary to be ready to build and maintain a lasting, open, and honest relationship with each of your children.
As you express your excitement for the first day of school, spend time by walking or driving them to school, use words of affirmation, leave them little notes in their lunch sack, be there for them when they come home, and express how proud you are of them, their fears will be calmed and you will strengthen your relationship with your children.
Good luck to you on your child’s first day of school. I hope their experience is a happy one.
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Micah Klug is a wife, homeschooling mother to five children, and author. She teaches time-tested solutions to help parents remember what matters most in life, including strengthening their home, faith, and family relationships. To learn how a child who grew up in an authoritarian home is now creating an environment of peace and joy in her own home visit this page. If you want to contact Micah, send her an email here or email [email protected].