5 Tips To Ease Your Child’s First Day Nerves

The first day of school can be a stressful experience for your child. However, there are some things you do to make the transition a little easier.

1.      Describe What Will Happen

Most of the nerves will be coming from not knowing what to expect. They’ll have to adapt to a new environments and routines. However, you can ease these nerves by explaining more about school. Tell them how it will work and what will be expected of them. If possible, consider taking a tour of the school so they can learn more about their surroundings. It would also help if they could meet their teachers before the first day.

2.      Teach Them Social Skills

On their first day your child will meet a lot of new people. To make friends they will need to form bonds. To make this easier, you can teach them social skills. There are many ways to do this. For example, you could take them for regular play days. Alternatively, you could take them to the park, where they will learn how to play with other children. After each new experience, you can ask them about how it went and provide some tips they can use to improve their skills in the future.

3.      Let Them Pick The Books

A simple way to make them feel better about their first day of school is letting them choose the books. This will allow them to take ownership over the process. It will also allow them to take comfort from familiar items in an unfamiliar setting. Make sure that they have everything they need as it can be embarrassing to be unprepared on the first day.

4.      Leave A Note Of Encouragement In Their Lunchbox

Lunchtimes can often be the hardest part of the first day. They will be around a whole bunch of new people as they try to figure out where they fit in. A simple handwritten note in their lunchbox is a great way of making them feel better. This may also provide the boost of self-confidence they need to meet new people and make friends.

5.      Keep Yourself Calm

Often the best thing you can do is remain calm when dropping your kids to school. If you become upset and start crying, your child will also become emotional. Your child is probably prepared and excited for their first day at school. It’s also important to remain calm while they are settling in. Remember when your child is discussing their day that they have a very active imagination so small incidents may get blown out of proportion. If you suspect something is wrong, talk to the teacher as they will be able to tell you what actually happened.

School can be a stressful time for both parents and children. Many children are nervous about their first day of school as they don’t know what to expect. Hopefully, these tips will be able to help you ease those nerves and give your child a smooth start to their schooling.

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