10 Tips To Get Your Child Mentally Prepared For School
September means school, so here's some great tips to get your child mentally prepared for school.
20 August 2017
But why do kids hate school so much in the first place?
The real question is: who likes school? We surely didn’t. And your child might not as well. Who would want to leave their bed at 6 AM to go somewhere and meet strangers who give you nonstop orders? As a matter of fact, who would want to leave their bed at all?
Being a “sleepyhead” might have been our reason for hating school, but it isn’t the main reason why kids are intimidated by the idea of “school”; the psychology of a kid’s perspective towards educational institutions goes far beyond sheets and pillows.
Basically, toddlers create a very intimate relationship with their mother, arising from the center-of-the-universe-like attention their parents grant them.
Suddenly their royalty-at-home status is threatened, and to become a common kid at school is just not the most flattering idea. And so they tend to rebel as much as they can.
So, how to get your kid in the right frame of mind?
1. Make several trips to the school or kindergarten, or past it, before it starts, to familiarize them with the idea. Discuss the “idea of school” on the road.
2. Take your child to meet his new teachers, and possible class mates. Having a parent around when meeting a stranger makes the experience a lot easier.
3. Indicate the positive, fun aspects of going to school; making friends, learning new things.
4. Comfort your child be reassuring them that you’ll be there if anything bad happened.
5. Let them try on their uniforms before school starts, so it can get as comfortable as an old shoe.
6. Let them choose the stationary they like, so they can look forward to using it.
7. Read them stories about school, or tell them your own first-day-at-school experience.
8. Establish their independence in dressing and undressing by having them do it on their own.