Getting ready for the new school year can be a daunting task – but it doesn’t have to be. Over the years we have learned some great lessons from the different parents who have shared their children with us.
One of my favorites was a mom who said that she tried to always talk about school in positive terms. Instead of asking “How was your day,” which could go either way, she asked “What was your favorite thing you did today?” Knowing that she was going to ask this question every day made her children spend the day trying to decide what they liked best and therefore always thinking about the good things. The same applies to getting ready for school to start. If you ask your child how they feel about school, you are opening the door to the negative. Always talk about how excited you are about them meeting new friends and start talking about the teachers. Ask them what makes them most excited about going back to school. If you need even more ideas of what to talk about, call the school office and find out what activities your child will be doing the first few weeks of school.
After all of this great prep work, your children may still cry the first day or two of school. Children also may cry when they get picked up because they get overwhelmed and realize that they missed their parents. This is perfectly normal and won’t last long. Try to prepare yourself for this and know that it is all okay. Try to leave as quickly as possible and call as soon as you want to check on your child. Children adjust at different rates to new situations. Know that all of this is normal for preschool aged children. Be confident and remember that preschool is fun and your child will love it!