First Weeks of Class
During the first weeks of school, don't be disturbed if your child
- is shy and clings to you
- is agressive and won't share
- hits and refuses to take turns
- tires easily and cries a great deal
- resists using the school bathroom, has accidents
- doesn't talk much about what happened at school
These are symptoms of tension and stress in a new situation, and will disappear as your child becomes used to the teachers, other children and the classroom routines. Be sympathetic and supportive.
You can help by:
- letting the child bring a favorite security-object (doll, blanket, stuffed animal, etc.)
- not putting pressure to make something to take home
- not pushing the child to conform to routines without time to adjust
- allowing LOTS of time for personal routine, a nourishing breakfast or lunch, a pleasant and safe ride to school
- having a cheerful, positive attitude as the child leaves you, such "Goodbye, I'll see you later!"
- encouraging talk about school by asking specific questions, such as "Did you play with the ____ today?" or "What was for snack today?"
REMEMBER: The more relaxed the parent, the more relaxed the child.