As everyone prepares to head “back to school”, some for the very first time, we thought we would take this opportunity to offer a few tips to help ensure a smooth transition. Whether you are a new family in your school community, or a returning family, hopefully these suggestion will help provide some guidance. We can’t wait for the new year to start. It’s going to be an amazing one!
Talk positively about school.
We recommend employing phrases like: “You get to go to school tomorrow!” Often, the idea of “going to school” can be subject to negative connotations in our society. As adults, the same thing could be said for, “going to work”. To combat this cultural orientation, and to foster a positive appreciation of school, you can use favorable expressions like, “Next week, you get to go to school!”.
We recommend a quick drop-off and pick-up.
While it can be difficult, we strongly recommend a quick drop-off. We know it can be the hardest thing in the world, but the longer a parent stays, the harder the separation becomes. Lingering can create anxiety for both children and adults alike, and this is never a good start to a day. Instead, children relish the reassurance that you have confidence in them and their day.
Relate your own childhood experiences.
There’s nothing more reassuring for children than to hear from their parents or loved ones that “everything is going to be okay”. When children have something to relate to from someone they trust, they can feel more assertive and confident in their new experience. A possible phrase to use would be: “I loved school. I was always so excited to go to school and meet new friends and learn new things.”
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