Is Your Child New to School?

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It is summertime but before you know it , it will be the end of  August and a  good time to start preparing your young child for their first experience at school. It is normal for young children, as well as their parents, to have some anxiety about starting something new.

Here are some tips on how to make the first day of school go well:

  • Visit the school and get familiar with the layout.
  • Become familiar with the school schedule.
  • Try to meet the teacher before school begins.
  • Reassure the child that everyone gets nervous and that it is okay.
  • Tell the child about all the new friends they are going to make.
  • Try to find someone who may be going to the same school in the same grade.
  • Parent should be calm and confident so your child will be more at ease.
  • If the school will permit it, see if you can bring a child’s stuffed animal to keep in their cubby
  • Always say good bye to your child when dropping them off or putting them on the bus. Reassure them that you will pick them up at the end of the day

It is natural for a child to have separation anxiety, especially if this is going to be their first time away from a parent. With a little bit of pre-planning, a child will adapt to the new routine and be just fine. Speak to your pediatrician to see if they have any other suggestions about getting your child off to school for the first time.

All content of this newsletter is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult a medical professional before adopting any of the suggestions on this page. You must never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment based upon any content of this newsletter. PROMPTLY CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN OR CALL 911 IF YOU BELIEVE YOU HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY.