How to support your child about to start school
WHILE for many children the first few weeks of school are fun and exciting, for other children it can be a scary and awkward experience.
Our job as a parent doesn’t finish on the first morning at the school gate.
How you support your child during their first few weeks of school is important to helping them transition into being a student. So what can you do to help?
Get into a good morning routine
It’s a good idea to get into a good routine in the morning. If you’re rushing and chaotic in the morning, it could be unhelpful and stressful to your child.
It’s a good idea to pack their bag the night before and have their lunch/snacks ready to go in the fridge, as it saves time in the morning.
Being early at school is also important – you don’t want to be rushing in when the bell rings. Being early allows your child to settle into the classroom setting and it’s also great if you can spend a bit of time with them to ensure they’re okay.
Be patient whether your child is chatty or quiet
Are you expecting your child to rush home to tell you about how wonderful their school day is?
If your child is chatty, then it’s important to be patient, listen to them and engage in conversation to show your support. You want to nurture that enthusiasm!
But there are many children who might appear quiet and withdrawn. Before jumping to conclusions it’s important to put this in context with their natural personality; if they’re quiet in general, don’t expect their personality to change about school.
If you want to find out about how they’re going at school, try to ask simple and open-ended questions such as: “What was the best thing about school today?”
Call your local WBHHS child health team on: Gayndah – 4161 3571 Mundubbera – 4165 5222 Monto – 4166 9300 Biggenden – 41276400 Eidsvold – 41657100