Sending my eldest son to school for the first time was both exciting and nerve-wracking for him. Joe kept talking about going to school ever since he turned four, so I knew he was happy when the day finally came. I, on the other hand, was just worried. It would be the first time he would be under the care of a person I didn’t know. Would his teachers treat him right? Would he be able to find friends? These questions ran through my head.
Days before big day, I made sure Joe and I was prepared. Here are some things I did.
I made sure that Joe had everything he needed for his first day. I decided on what food should be inside his lunchbox or what clothes he should be wear to school. In deciding both, I asked for Joe’s opinion. After all, he’ll be the one eating the food and wearing the clothes.
Talk About What To Expect In Class
To prepare Joe, I told him some things he should expect in school like the etiquette of a student and what not and not to do when inside the class. To make him feel at ease, I also told him that he could ask his teacher for help whenever he wanted to and if he wanted to talk about his day at school, I would always lend an ear.
Become Familiar With The School
On weekends before the first day of school, I would intentionally drive past the school when going to the grocery store. During that time, I would continually tell Joe that he would be going there every weekday soon and ask him if he was excited. During the real day, I made sure to appear happy and calm to reassure him that everything’s going to be alright.
Pick Him At The Right Time
I knew it was essential that I was not late when picking up Joe from school as it would make him anxious. So, I left work on time and went straight to school. Also, during the ride home, I encouraged him to share what happened on his first day.
Maybe it was because Joe was a strong child who surprisingly loved the thought of school that made his first day to school easy. However, no matter how your child reacts to the thought of going to school, it’s important that you make the necessary preparations.