First Day FearsThe 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, your child can pick up on that and start wondering if there is something to worry about!
*Plan on staying for 5 or 10 minutes on the first day. A longer or shorter amount of time may make separation harder.
*When it is time to leave, make sure you say good-bye. Trying to “sneak out” when your 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 are getting off easy! It is also common for children to have problems when there are changes in the home. Let us know if there is anything happening at your house that you think is important for us to know.
*Remember that Mrs. Caudill and I are both parents and we’ve been through this ourselves! Very rarely have we seem a child continue crying for very long. Rest assured that by the time you get to your car, your child will probably be busy and happy. If your child is having an especially hard time, please know that we will give you a call at home or work.
We are looking forward to a great year!