The first day of school is filled with mixed motions for everyone involved: the student, the parents, the teachers and entire school staff.
By Sherry Vogel
Emotions ranging from excitement and joy, to dread and relief are all stirred-up. You might be surprised to discover that it isn’t always the person you thought that is experiencing a certain emotion. For instance it may be the mom who is dreading sending her little excited angel off to their first day.
Here are a few tips to help transition more smoothly into the new school year.
• If your child is feeling nervous remind him or her that there are probably a lot of kids who are uneasy about the first day of school.
• Point out the positive aspects of starting school, to create positive vibes about the first day. Remind your child they will see old friends and meet new ones.
• Refresh the child’s positive memories about previous years, when he or she may have returned home after the first day with high spirits because of a good time.
• Find another child in the neighborhood with whom your student can walk to school or ride on the bus.
• Make a date with your child to go have an ice cream cone after the first day of school.