For some of you, this may the first time your child is going to school. For others, your child may already go to school, but they need a little help getting back into the daily school routine after a long summer. Below are some tips we have put together to help you and your child transition into their new routine.
Early to bed, early to rise: Start your routine-A few weeks before school, start going to bed a little earlier and getting up a little earlier. What’s the perfect bedtime?
Talk to your child about school-Letting your child know what to expect will ease their transition.
Talk to the teacher-Find out what the morning routine looks like. Ask your child’s teacher how he or she deals with tears and separation anxiety. Come up with a plan together to make your child feel more at-ease during drop-off.
Create a Goodbye Ritual-It’s best not to just disappear without saying goodbye. A consistent and predictable farewell ritual can make leaving easier. Some parents wave from outside a certain classroom window or make a funny goodbye face, whereas others read a short book before parting. Transitional objects — a family picture, a special doll, or a favorite blanket — can also help comfort a child. Also, keep in mind that most kids do well once their parents leave.
Special objects-Leave your child an object of yours such as a scarf or bandana. This lets them know you will come back for them and ease their anxiety at drop-off.
Leave as soon as you say goodbye-Prolonging the goodbye shows your child you’re also upset and/or worried. It’s extremely difficult, but let them know what a fun day they’re going to have and quietly leave the classroom.