The first day of school is coming up for your little one, are you ready?
How come time went by so fast? One day they are in your arms and the next is their first day to enter kindergarten. The reality is that, at least for me, time has gone by in the blink of an eye and now I see my little boy of almost four years starting his school career. It is a bittersweet feeling, so to speak, as we are excited that they are starting a new experience, a good experience that is going to teach them things that not even you can. However, it also makes us sad because we will not see them as much anymore, and we also worry since we want it to be a positive experience.
There is no doubt that both the son and the mother have to be prepared for that long-awaited first day of school. I cannot guarantee that by doing the following things you will not have any more worries or anxiety about this day, but I can tell you that they will be of great help and at the same time they will provide security for your little one before he starts with so many changes.
Visit the school several times
It is important that your child is familiar with the school, so take him during hours where visits are allowed and teach it to him. If possible, he will be able to see his first classroom. Create a positive experience and have him excited to go to this building several days a week. It is just as important that you take him to the bathrooms there, as many children refuse to go to the bathroom if they are not at home; so make sure they go there at least once and explain that this place is safe.
Meet the teacher
Equally important is that both you and your little one meet the teacher BEFORE the first day of school. Ask the school to have a meeting where you can get to know each other and you can discuss your concerns – if there are any. Many schools arrange a student-teacher meeting the night before before the first day of school. However, if you have enough concerns, I recommend that you meet the teacher before this day so that she can fully focus on your child.
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Make sure he has a routine
Much of what you are going to do in school involves having a routine. It is always a good idea to have a routine for him at home, so that the transition is not so difficult once school starts. It does not have to be a very strict routine but something that helps you know that at certain times we do certain things, since at school it will be the same.
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Support him when it’s difficult
Regardless of all your preparation, there will always be difficult days where he will miss you, or suffer from the first time a child makes fun of him, among other things. It is in these moments where it is essential that you support him and never minimize his fears and emotions. You can make a big difference in your child’s growth through these more difficult experiences.
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The first day of school is approaching, and it is very likely that you will have tears of joy and sadness. Even so, whatever your situation, I know well that it is a day that you will never forget.