10 Ways To Make The First Day Of School Easy

Make The First Day Of School Easy For Your Child With These 10 Tips

Your children are about to start school. But they aren’t the only ones who have to cope with the changes.

Sending children to school is the start of a new phase in life – both for your child and you. And while the first day of school can be nerve-wracking, a little advance preparation and these tips can make the transition from tearful to tearless.

10 Tips To Remember On The First Day Of School

Before school begins: treat it like a fun activity

  1. Involve your kid in the preparation: Whether it’s buying a new school bag or lunch box, make the child a part of the decision-making by going shopping together.
  2. Visit the school in advance: Take your little one to the school and familiarise him or her with the surroundings. Show them where they’ll play, where they’ll learn, the exciting activities they’ll participate. If possible, introduce them to the teacher. This will also show them what to expect which will lessen their fears.
  3. Create excitement: Share your experiences of your first day at school. Make everything sound fun and exciting.

The first day: be prepared the night before


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  1. Organise yourself the night before: The bag must be packed, the lunch box menu planned and the uniform ironed out. Go about things at a leisurely pace; rushing or being late could only add to the child’s anxiety. Check out these lunch box recipes that are healthy and super tasty!
  2. Deal with separation anxiety: Reassure your child that you will be there to pick him up before he knows it. Introduce him to the teacher and tell him that she is there for him in case he needs anything. Stay strong – any hesitation or weakness on your part will only make him more anxious.
  3. Avoid long farewells: However difficult it is, leave the instant you say goodbye. Do not linger around. To make it easier for both of you, you can distract them by getting them involved in some activity. And say bye with a cheerful smile or by making a funny face rather than a long drawn, teary one. But make sure to say goodbye and do not leave without doing so as they will panic and this could create trust issues in the future.
  4. Do not be late to pick them up: Be on time. You do not want to add to their anxiety. Encourage them to tell you all about their first day at school and reward them with a treat for being strong and brave.

Settling in: setting the rules

  1. Keep a fixed routine: Make sure that playtime and bed times are adhered too and do not compromise on their sleep as this will only make them sleepy and grumpy the next day and affect their concentration.
  2. Prepare in advance: A new routine takes time to settle into – both for the child as well as you. Children do not understand the concept of time and hence are in no rush. Rather than panicking and making things hectic, keep everything organised the night before.
  3. Encourage them to be social: Introduce them to other kids. Meet other parents and arrange play dates. Ask them about their new friends. But do not force them into anything they’re not comfortable with.

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