As a parent how do you prepare for your child's first school attendance ever?
The first time a child attend school is considered a big milestone in his/her life. This is a new environment for them and it requires preparation, both for the parent and the child. We want to make sure that they can cope up with the day to day activities and that they are happy while doing schoolwork.
First day is a very emotional day for everybody, it wont be a easy task for them either for the parents, in my case I was worse than my little ones, but I found a book very helpful, popular and beautiful, "The Kissing Hand" by Audry Penn is a perfect first day story. This is a heart-warming story about a little raccoon ready for his first day school, talking about his feelings and how mommy found a lovely magical solution. My kids love it!!! and no just help them it really help me!!!
I think is just about how we, as a parent, picture "the first day" to them, because, it depends on how children live that experience, they will react in the future in all separation related events.
It's harder on you than it is on them.
Get a good night's sleep.
Bath before bed time
read a good bed time book
Really be enthusiastic as you go to school
If the kid cries, love them, but remember, you have to let them go.
Teachers will take care of your child.
Remember mamma D's rule:
The first step they take is the first step away from you. Let them go to their dreams."
I couldn't prepare, I was a nervous wreck. Actually, I had been talking to him about school for months in advance and encouraging him as well as talking about how great and fun school is. On his first day, my son was very excited and when I took him he was very happy and eager to meet new kids and his teacher. I, on the otherhand, was very sad and actually cried.
I have had three that I have helped face their first day of school. I have two left to face the trauma. Put yourself in their shoes. How would you feel?
I take them to their new school for the registration/open house and then I take them back the weekend before school starts-when there is no one else there. We walk around the outside and talk. We play on the playground. It acclimates them as much as possible. But, there is really nothing to prepare them (or you) for the BIG day. Good night's sleep, good breakfast and a good hug with an "I'm proud of you" added for good measure.
I have a few good breakfast recipes in my new book "Relax Dad", available on Amazon.com and at www.RelaxDad.com
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