SCHOOL ROUTINE TIPS
Lois Haultain has this advice for helping your child settle into school.
Slow down. Being in a hurry creates tension that children can sense. Stressful situations are fertile ground for tears and tantrums.
Have your child help you get things ready the night before. This gives him some ownership and a feeling of being capable.
Don’t over-schedule afternoon activities for your child initially; they’re on a huge learning curve and might benefit from relaxing with you and their own toys after school each day for at least a term.
Many kids find school tiring and it’s likely that they’ll need more sleep, so try to get them to bed earlier. Interpret behaviour problems as signs of tiredness, not a ‘naughty’ child.
Develop a quick, happy goodbye ‘ritual’ to minimise teary drop-offs for anxious kids. After giving him a smiling hug on his level, try kisses on his hand to ‘keep’ in his pocket for later. Tell him he can ‘grab’ them if he feels a bit overwhelmed or wishes you were near.
Touch base with the teacher but remember they have up to 29 other kids in the class. They appreciate being told about significant changes at home, such as a bereavement, separation or illness. And if you have any concerns, such as bullying or your child’s safety, speak up sooner rather than later.