Posted: Thursday, September 15, 2011
Those first few days of school may be a little rough on your child and on you. Here are some suggestions for helping good-byes go smoothly:
- Prepare your child the night before school. Discuss what will happen on arrival.
- Make the good-byes as brief as possible. Give each other one big hug and one big kiss; it is important to establish this routine. If your child is upset, the sooner you get out the door, the sooner he/she can start to recover. Some parents place an extra kiss in their child’s palm in case they need it later.
- Do not wait for your child to become distracted and then sneak off.
- Do not tell your child that you will be waiting right outside; this encourages your child to try to leave the classroom to get to you.
- Model behavior for your child. If you are cheerful and mater-of-fact, it will be easier for your child as well.
- If problems persist, try to find out if there is something bothering your child at school. Let the teacher know; perhaps it is something that is easily remedied.
Remember, this is a process and may take time. You will get through this process with love & firmness.