,This year I have a child doing their final year of school. I find this so hard to believe as I remember the first year he began. He was so excited. I was anxious... Will he like it, what will his teacher be liked, how can I help, do I stay in the classroom? The questions were endless. We had done some orientation but it was still a bit scarey. Together we negotiated the year. He had a wonderful teacher. She was strict, but clear, with us newbie parents and we felt a part of the class.
Have a think about your first day at a new job, or walking into a new group of people. What helps - some knowledge, preparation, confidence, a friendly smile - these will help your child too. Drop them off confidently with a big smile, your confidence will transfer to your child (then meet up with the other Prep parents to express your concerns and try and find answers to your questions).
A large number of children who begin school this year will be excited but also scared and anxious. Planning, familiarity, establishing a regular routine and parental confidence will all help in the transition process.
* These articles are provided by Kim Ross, Psychologist for general information and education . They are not designed to be used for therapy.. If you are experiencing stress please contact your GP or mental health professional.
Kim Ross is an Online Psychologist and Founder of Positive Young Minds and Private Practice Sustainability.