Banish first-day jitters for your child and for yourself!

July 11, 2001

Starting school can be a difficult time for children. Every child is hesitant to go somewhere new and see people she's never met before. Here are some helpful ways to prepare your child for her first day of school:

1. Let your child know what his schedule will be like. Tell him what time school begins and ends each day.

2. Ask your child about her feelings -- both the excitement and the concerns -- about starting school.

3. Visit the school with your child to see his new classroom and meet his new teacher before school officially starts.

4. Point out the positive aspects of starting school. It will be fun and she can make new friends.

5. Let your child know that all kids are nervous about the first day of school.

6. Leave a note in your child's lunchbox that will remind him you're thinking of him while he's at school.

7. Reassure your child that if any problems arise at school, you will be there to help resolve them.

8. Try to have your child meet a classmate before the first day of school so she will already have a friend when school starts.

9. Arrange for your child to walk to school or ride together on the bus with another kid in the neighborhood.

10. Find out about after-school activities that your child can join. Will there be a back-to-school party? Can she join a sports team?

Sources: American Academy of Pediatrics; Caring for Your School-Age Child: Ages 5-12, by Edward L. Schor (Bantam, 1999)

The information on this Web site is designed for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting your pediatrician or family doctor. Please consult a doctor with any questions or concerns you might have regarding your or your child's condition.

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Comments (1)

February 20, 2019
I love number 2. As parent, we sometime forget to encounter our children’s feeling about new stuff they have to do or learn. Starting school is a huge one…. What made it easy for my first daughter to get prepared for school was helping her develop reading skills before going to kindergarten. I’ve been using the Reading Head Start technique and it worked wonders. All it takes is 10 to 15 minutes a day. Here is the link for those who are interested : Being honest with your child is extremely important. One thing a realize is that they know us more then we think. They know when we tell the truth and when we don’t. We need to let them know about our own experiences as being children and how we did at school. They will listen and trust what we say when they know we are telling the truth.