With summer settling down, school is just around the corner! This means back-to-school shopping, packing lunches, and early wake up calls. Oh the joys of parenthood.
Aside from the additional responsibilities, most kids and parents alike are excited for the first day of school. However, we think parents of kids entering kindergarten have the hardest time with this milestone. After all, this may be the first time their little baby boy or girl is leaving the comfort and support of their parents.
With that being said, there is no denying that you may shed a tear or two when your kid first goes off to kindergarten. However, with a little advice from ChatterBlock we think you will be more than ready for this milestone!
Meet other parents: Having a support system, of likeminded people with children, will be a lifesaver (for you) over the 12 years of your child’s education. Need help hosting a birthday party? Want to carpool? Need to find a new potluck recipe? All these things and many more can be answered by parents like you. So take time during your child’s first day of kindergarten to social and make these connections. You never know when they will come in handy.
Learn about the environment: Kids are not the only ones that have to learn when they go to school. Parents this does mean you are going to have to do a little bit of homework. Prior to your kid’s first day make sure you read about any rules or regulations that the school has. Is there a specific pick-up or drop off area? Is it a peanut free zone? What time does school start/finish? Although this shouldn’t take long having this knowledge in the back of your pocket will make the first day, week, and even year much easier.
Set a routine: No matter what, mornings with kids are always going to be a little nuts. To make things simpler, the night before pack everything they need for the next day. This includes school supplies, lunches, and permission slips. Laying out clothes or a school uniform is also extremely helpful to streamline the process. We guarantee this will save you and your family valuable minutes the next morning.
Make the goodbye easier: Even as parents, it is hard for us to truly know how our kids will respond to separation. Will they run away and never look back, or will they cling to our leg and never let go? Either way there are a few ways to prepare yourself for this moment. One suggestion is bringing your child’s favourite toy with you. If needed this can provided your child with some comfort if they get emotional. Another suggestion is to discuss what the first day of school will be like to your children well before the big day occurs. This will allow you to answer any of their questions and reassure them that kindergarten is nothing to worry about.
Make it special: Last but not least, do something special for your kids on their first day of school. This can be anything from writing them a cute little note in their backpack (like I love you) to even promising to take them out for ice cream at the end of the day. We guarantee your child will remember this special moment for a while and that it will bring a smile to their faces on the first day of school.
With all that being said, we just want to reiterate that your children will be fine. Sure, they may be sad or scared, but by the end of day most will come back full of new memories and a newfound excitement for education. The real emotional reck (most likely) will be you! So make sure you pack a few tissues. ;)