The first day of school can be really taxing on both children and their parents,
causing anxiety, stress and expectations that everyone hopes to meet. The amount
of preparation necessary to be “ready” can come as quite a shock, unless you’ve
created a well thought out plan of action prior to the big day. To ensure success
from the start, here are a few things that parents can do help their kids avoid the “1st
day of school blues”.
The first thing a parent must do to prepare their child for the upcoming academic
year is to take them shopping for school supplies. A child without the proper
study equipment is a child that will, more than likely, have difficulty succeeding.
Thankfully, stores are willing to add an extra bit of savings during this time of
year. With Kohls coupons, kids can select from a large variety of school clothes and
backpacks. At Target, Walmart and other discount stores, school supplies go on sale
at the end of the summer. The first step to having a good day at school is looking and
feeling prepared for class.
Many children get nervous about finding their classrooms or what their teacher will
think of them and vice versa. In order to ease some of their anxieties, it is a good
idea to participate in the school’s orientation prior to the first day of school. Kids
will feel more confident and less intimidated by the fear of the unknown if they’ve
already had the opportunity to find their room and meet their soon-to-be instructor.
The more a parent communicates with their child about what to expect on the
first day, their fears, their strengths, etc. the more they will feel prepared going
into school. This also encourages the child to communicate with others, including
potential friends at school. Parents should also give their kids something to
look forward to at school. Tell them about all the friends and fun times that
happened during school. Anything a parent can do to boost confidence and show
understanding will let the child know that they are not alone in this experience. By
guiding kids, parents are able to set them up for success.
Kids feed off the energy of others. If mom and dad seem anxious and unsure, it is
expected that the child will exhibit these exact behaviors as well. As so, it is best
for parents to breath, remain calm and be a role model for their children all the
time, but especially up to and on the first day of school. A relaxed child is one who
is capable of thinking clearly and problem solving, which may come in handy on the
first day of school.
Parents must believe in their kid’s capacity to overcome adversity and obstacles on
their own. Like a self-fulfilling prophecy, children are likely to become successful
when all those around them believe in their ability to succeed. Parents can help
their children avoid the school, work and life blues by remembering this one, very
important, bit of advice.
Preparation is key to succeed in any environment. By following these 5 simple tips,
the first day of school will be a breeze for both children and parents. It will create a
positive beginning to another great school year.
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