A Guide to your Child’s First Day at School
This is usually an emotional time for mum especially, as after 3 years of constant bonding, it is the time to allow the child to begin to experience the real world. No amount of preparation can prepare you for the anxiety that every mother faces, when thinking about leaving your child somewhere, even for only a few hours. Of course, some mums deal with this separation better than others, and if your son or daughter is approaching their first day at school, here are a few tips.
- Make a Social Visit with your Child – Obviously, you will have visited the nursery in Bangkok, but once you have made up your mind, why not take your child there one day, just for a few hours? If the first day at school is not the first time the child has been there, it takes away all the anxiety, and when they see the other kids all having fun, any apprehension will quickly disappear and they will look forward to the starting date.
- Discuss School – In the days leading up to the big day, introduce the topic often, which will give the child a chance to air their feelings, and if they have any fears, they will come to the surface. It is important for you not to show any emotion like fear or anxiety when you are with your child. Your attitude should always be happy and positive, highlighting the aspects that your child will enjoy.
- Be Prepared – Allow yourself enough time to spend at least half an hour at the school before leaving. It is perfectly natural for your child to be watching you at all times, as they have never really been without you, and rather than leaving immediately, stay with your child for a while, and if they get involved in an activity, quietly slip away. If there are any important points the school should know, such as allergies or medication, make sure you make the teacher aware of this, and become friendly with your child’s teacher, as it is important you communicate regularly. A change of clothes is always a good idea, and if you have any questions, ask before you leave.
- Focus on the Positive – While it might feel strange to be parted from your child, this is a time to be happy, as they have reached the stage in their life when they are introduced to the world outside of their home. Don’t mention to your child that you will be apart, rather explain the various fun activities that they can do and stress that you will be collecting them at a certain time.
Obviously, you have done your research and you are sure that the school is right for your child, and whatever happens, avoid letting your child see any emotion from you regarding this temporary separation. Children easily pick up on the emotions of their parents, so if you do have reservations, keep them to yourself and everything will work out fine.