The first day of school can be met with a lot of anxiety and excitement. It represents a huge milestone in their development, but it also means leaving the known and secure for something unknown.
Don’t wait for the first day to prepare. If given the opportunity, tour the school, explore the classroom, and discuss often the first day of school. Kids do better when they know what to expect.
Crying is Normal
Kids will often cry on the first day of school, especially if they don’t have a lot of experience being separated from their parents. Don’t worry, teachers have a lot of experience with this, and they know how to handle a crying child. Oftentimes, it will only happen for 10-15 minutes. Then they will ease in and join the rest of the class.
Make Your Own Plans
Have something planned for yourself – it’ll make it easier for you knowing you have something to look forward to or an appointment that you have to keep. Doing so will keep you preoccupied and also keep you from worrying about what’s going on with your child at school.
Plan Your Exit
Keep it short and sweet. The longer you linger with a crying child, the harder it will be for the both of you to separate.
Reviewed by Eva Benmeleh, March 2020