How to sup­port your child about to start school

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR SAY -

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

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