The first day at school is indeed a milestone in every child’s life and it can be stressful for both mother and child, as they have never been apart until this time. If your child will soon be staring the next exciting chapter of their life, here are a few tips to make that first day go smoothly.
- Take your Child for a Short Visit – If your child has been to the school once before, they will find the first day of school a lot easier to handle, and if you ask the school principal, they would be happy to let you and your child pop by for a short while. Make sure this happens only a few days prior to the big day, then the memory will be fresh in their mind, plus they will already know some of the teachers and students, albeit briefly.
- Discuss the Up and Coming First Day – This will ensure that your child is not surprised when it comes to the time to get dressed up and head off to school, and by choosing the best nursery in Bangkok, you can be sure that they will really enjoy the new experience. When discussing the event, focus on all the positives; meeting new friends and experiencing the many games and activities and if your child seems apprehensive, reassure them that you will soon be there to take them home. Talking about things is always a good way to relieve any anxiety the child might have and as children can easily pick up on their parents’ emotions, it is important to remain positive and upbeat about everything.
- Help your Child to Become Used to Being Without you – If you ask a family member to watch over your child, you can leave the room for a while, which will help the child to became familiar with being without their mum, who until now, has been the centre of their universe. It might only be for 10-15 minutes, but it does help the child to get used to being with other adults and this will ensure they do not panic when they notice the absence of mum.
- Take Regular Outings – In the build up to the very first day at school, if possible, take your child out for short excursions to a local park or perhaps on a shopping trip, as this will help them to get used to leaving the home. These small details all add up to building up your child’s confidence and once they see that the big wide world isn’t such a bad place, the first day of school will not seem such a big deal.
With some careful planning and forethought, the first day at school won’t be such a big shock to your child and by following the above advice, the event will pass without incident. Finally, when you do arrive at the school, don’t spend too much time with your child and choose a moment when they are distracted before silently sliding out of the door, and don’t worry, your child will have the time of their life with new friends.