"That building is so big. I'm afraid I'll get lost!"
The Fear: "That building is so big. I'm afraid I'll get lost!"
The Fix: Find out if you can visit the school a few weeks before your child's first day. Check out some fun areas like the gym and art room to make the building seem less overwhelming, and practice walking the common routes your child will be using. "Role-play together and talk through what to do if he gets lost. Remind him that he's not alone and he can always ask a teacher or another student for directions," says Robin Goodman, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist in New York City. Also point out that he'll never have to be alone because he'll go everywhere with a buddy.
Originally published in the September 2010 issue of Parents magazine.