Anxious about your child’s first day at school? Do you have butterflies in your stomach as you watch your little one all ready to start a new phase in their lives?
As parents, your child’s first day at school is a huge milestone. A day when your little ones start a new chapter in their lives and a day when they start to spread their wings. However, as this day approaches, with it comes a whole lot of apprehensions, questions and fears. While it is normal as parents, for you to have these, what is also important is to understand and believe that your little one will be ok and ready for school. Soon you will look back at these days with a smile wondering how beautifully you managed to transition them from home to school.
We have put together some tips that will help ease this process for you:
STEP 1 -Do your homework
Once you have narrowed down on the right preschool for your little ones and are confident that they will be well looked after and cared for there, half of the battle has been won. Making sure that you build a positive parent and school relationship is an important step in ensuring that your kid is ready for school.
STEP 2 – Prepare your little one well ahead
STEP 3 – Set up a morning routine well in advance
No one likes to have a rushed day. Setting up a morning routine a week to 10 days before will help your little one ease into the process. After all we don’t want a sleepy and cranky little child on their first day at school, do we?
STEP 4 – It’s Showtime!
The day has finally come. Your little one has been fed, her bag is packed and she is excited and ready to go.
STEP 5 – Create an open and honest environment at home
Once your child has settled in school, it is also equally important to create an environment at home where your child feels comfortable enough to tell you about everything and anything that happens at school. From the friends that they make, to the exciting things that they learn to even the moments where they were not happy, making sure your little one has an open and honest conversation with you, will help build a strong parent and child relationship that will last for years to come.
Settling in is hard and can be quite challenging for both you and your little one. However, do remember that this too shall pass and within a couple of months everything will be back to normal, regular routines would be in place and you would all be glad to put this phase behind you. Till then try to soak in all the new experiences, try and enjoy every moment of it and remember to smile through all the worries and anxieties.
With children out of school, physical distancing as the new norm, and children’s rights under threat, the new world order has “turned back the clock” on years of progress made on children’s well-being. However, it’s not all bad. As a human race, we’ve been built to adapt: we’ve seen a tipping point in technology-enabled education and the promise of a new education policy in our country.