At drop-off week, one of our friends – a Momfilter contributor – ran into another friend of ours, the prop stylist Olivia Sammons. And she had this brilliant idea about how she handled her son resuming Kindergarten for the first time.
Cy, her middle son, who is just age 5, started Kindergarten yesterday. He was a little nervous, and she had the idea to take a Polaroid of them together that he could keep in his pocket and look at if he needed to.
According to her, it was the perfect excuse to buy the Polaroid she keeps eyeballing. Talk about killing two birds with one stone.
And so we researched other ways to deal with school jitters and help your kids feel less nervous at a new school or a new grade.
Here, you can make your choice:
- Practice first-time conversations
Spend days practicing first-time conversations with fellow students and even teachers. This helps when your kid finds it difficult opening up to new faces or is going to school in a new city.
- Spend time with your kids
Experts have proven that spending time with your kids just before starting the new school year will help reduce back-to-school anxiety. And if you can make it, you should try driving or walking them to school (or picking them up after) for the first few weeks until they feel confident settling in.
- Talk to your kids
Nothing prepares them “for the worst” or calms their fears like a pep talk from you. Engage your kids in discussions about school jitters, assuring them that it’s a normal feeling and they are rave enough to overcome.
It’s normal for kids to experience a plethora of emotions upon but with these tips, your kids are bound to overcome any jittery circumstance in school. You’re welcome.
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