,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. I have added a new resource to my website that talks about some ways that you can help your child prepare if they are anxious. You will find it under the resources tab.
* My aim is for these posts is meant to useful, interesting and/or inspiring. They are not designed to be used for therapy..
Kim Dunn is a Child Psychologist and Founder of Positive Young Minds.