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The first day your child starts a new school is one you will always remember–a major milestone of their childhood. Whatever mood your child is in, you’re probably going to be in emotional tatters. Your baby is all grown up! They’re taking their first steps toward independence and maturity. And you’re left at the school gates wondering where the last five years went. But after a little sniffle and a cup of coffee, you’ll realize that starting school could lead to many more challenges than that!
After the first few days, you may notice that your placid and happy child has turned into a little monster. Behavioral changes in our kids often ring alarm bells. But at this point, it is usually all to do with how tired they are. The school is big and exciting. Each of their senses is stimulated for the whole day. No wonder they come home and act out at first. As they get used to their new environment and daily routine, the well-behaved child you’ve missed will be back.
As friendships blossom, you may find your little one picks up some more inappropriate language and habits. It’s an important part of them fitting in, but you can always make it clear that your home isn’t the place for it. Friendships can also attract unwelcome visitors to your child’s hair! Headlice is a really common problem, but it can be easily tackled with natural remedies. Check out websites that offer reviews of the best brands so you can then make an informed choice about the best way to rid your home of those lice.
When your children are at school full time, the few short hours at the end of the day can whizz by. You may find out you’re missing quality time with the kids. Your little ones could be tearing around excited, or snowed under with homework. It can make for some unpleasant situations at times. If your home becomes chaotic after school, you can try this after school meditation to help everyone come together and relax. For more ideas about keeping afterschool a calm time in your home, check out this guide.
From the first day, your child will be encouraged to learn. This involves practicing new skills like reading and writing. Not every child will take to these challenges happily. But if you work with your child at home to make reading and writing a natural and normal part of the day, this can make a difference. Help your child to turn frustrations into success with guided practice. Colors can be a great tool here. Use your child’s favorite colors on their most tricky assignments. It can help them feel more relaxed and engaged with the task at hand.
Finally, bullying can become a horrible problem for children at school. Mindfulness is a valid and valued tool when it comes to managing the difficult emotions that can arise. It can also help your child consider their own interactions with others in the classroom and playground. It’s not easy for children to be as aware as we are as adults. Start small. Look at facial expressions in illustrations and examine positive and negative feelings. All of these steps will help your child love school more.
How are you helping your children adjust to their new school?