STAR AD­VICE

Erica Ehm’s tips for sur­viv­ing the first day at a new pri­vate school

The Kids Post - - Education Feature - — Leo Pe­tac­cia

The first day of pri­vate school can cer­tainly be a nerve-rack­ing af­fair for kids, but with some gen­tle guid­ance (and a lot of love, of course) it doesn’t have to be.

Take yum­my­mummy.com founder and mid­towner, Erica Ehm, who’s well-versed in the ways of com­fort­ing kids. Ehm be­lieves in the many ben­e­fits of send­ing kids to pri­vate school. She’s also a pro­po­nent of hav­ing them well pre­pared for the be­gin­ning of their aca­demic ca­reers (and can you blame her?).

She ad­vises to take early mea­sures to make sure their first day goes as smoothly as pos­si­ble — not an easy feat, es­pe­cially if your lit­tle ones are par­tic­u­larly shy. But, lest you worry, don’t. It’s to­tally doable. Plus, you can al­ways count on the school staff mem­bers to help ease their wor­ries.

“One of the many ben­e­fits of pri­vate school is that the staff go out of their way to make stu­dents feel wel­come and com­fort­able,” says Ehm. “My son spent six mem­o­rable years at the Crest­wood Lower School.”

She also says that tak­ing your chil­dren to the school grounds be­fore the school year starts, to meet their teach­ers and get a feel for things, just might be in­valu­able to their feel­ing com­fort­able. “Ev­ery year be­fore the school year of­fi­cially started we al­ways found a rea­son to drop by the school to meet his teach­ers and have a ca­sual get-to-know-you chat,” says Ehm. “That way, on that very stress­ful first day, he al­ready had some pri­vate time with his teach­ers.”

If your kids feel as if they al­ready know the school en­vi­ron­ment, the first day won’t feel like the first day any more.

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