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  • Writer's pictureAlison Simpson

5 Tips to make your child's first day at school easier

The first day of school can be a big transition for children, and as a parent, you can play a significant role in making it easier for them. Here are five tips to help your child have a smooth and positive first day of school:

1. Prepare in Advance:

  • Start preparing for the first day of school a few days or weeks before. Discuss what to expect, including drop-off and pick-up routines.

  • Make sure your child has all the necessary school supplies and a backpack ready.

2. Visit the School Ahead of Time:

  • If possible, visit the school with your child before the first day. This will help them become familiar with the layout and surroundings.

  • Find the classroom, restroom, and other important areas to reduce any anxiety.

Kids in uniform walking to school

3. Establish a Routine:

  • Create a consistent morning routine that includes time for breakfast, getting dressed, and packing the backpack.

  • Set a schedule for bedtime, ensuring your child gets enough sleep for an energetic start.

4. Stay Calm and Positive:

  • Your attitude can influence your child's emotions. Be calm and positive about the first day of school.

  • Assure your child that it's an exciting opportunity to learn, make friends, and have fun.

5. Plan a Special After-School Activity:

  • Arrange a fun and comforting activity after school to give your child something to look forward to.

  • This can be a special snack, a trip to the park, or some quality time spent together.

Additionally, consider talking to your child's teacher or school staff about any concerns or special needs your child may have. They can offer guidance and support to make the transition as smooth as possible. Remember that each child is unique, and some may take a little longer to adjust, so be patient and understanding during this transition period.


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