Ease First-Day Jitters

"I've heard there's lots of work in kindergarten. Will I get to have any fun?"

The Fear: "I've heard there's lots of work in kindergarten. Will I get to have any fun?"

The Fix: The teacher can tell you exactly how much time your child will spend each day on subjects like reading and math, as well as on less structured activities such as P.E. and free play. Reassure your child that she'll get to do all those things by talking her through her schedule. "She probably won't have a good concept of how long 30 minutes is, so compare it with something she already knows, like one episode of SpongeBob," says Mark P. Goldstein, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and adjunct professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Frame the schedule in a positive way by saying, "You'll get to have a nice long art class, and you'll still have some time to go to the library," he suggests. And don't forget to point out all the fun things your child will still have time for after school, like playing with neighbors in the backyard or reading a book with Dad before bed.

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