Ease First-Day Jitters

Expert advice for soothing your child's biggest worries about the upcoming year.
Back to School Advice
Back to School Advice

"I don't want to be away from you for so long!"

boy in classroom talking to teacher

The Fear: "I don't want to be away from you for so long!"

The Fix: Start by acknowledging your child's concern at drop-off time. You might try saying, "I know you're scared to be without me," and then explain when you'll be back by telling him which activity he can plan to see you after, such as music or science class (the teacher can let you know what the end-of-day schedule will be). "This is much easier for a kid to understand than a time of day," says Barbara Micucci, a school counselor at Caley Elementary School, in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. If he still has a teary goodbye, refrain from mentioning it again later on. (Don't say, "Did you cry for a long time after Mommy left?") Instead, ask him to tell you about one fun thing he did that day. Even if his tears were on your mind, he likely forgot them hours ago.

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