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Are Your Children Prepared For the First Day of School?

Dr. Jennifer Baxt, DMFT

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Some children are excited about their first day of school and some children are a little nervous about it. It is a whole new experience for them, one that their parents should do their best to prepare the child for. It is natural for some children to feel nervous about it. After all, they are being introduced into an entirely new environment. Parents should try their best to have their child see that this experience is one that they will enjoy and that there is really nothing to feel nervous about. There are some things that parents can do in order to prepare their child for their first day of school.

There are a number of things that a parent can do in order to get their child excited about their first day of school. Excitement will have them eager for the day to arrive and it will also make their transition into a new environment easier. First, a parent should be encouraging their child to read more than watching television. Get the child familiar with their alphabet and the lower numbers so that when they go into school they will not feel uncomfortable or behind; instead, they will feel smart and confident. Shopping for school clothes and supplies should also be a fun time for the child. Let them feel they are choosing their clothing and school supplies. This will make them feel like they have choice and they will also look forward to dressing up in their good clothes and using their new supplies. When the time comes when the child's first day of school is the next day, it is important to make sure they are well rested. It is also a good idea if the child picks out what they want to wear the next day so the clothes can be laid out the night before. Help them put everything they need together for the next day as well. On the morning of the first day, make sure they have a good breakfast, encourage them to dress themselves and tie their own shoes. Then, when dropping the kid off at school, don't stay longer than necessary. Children will react better when their parents let them explore their new environment on their own. They will feel like a “big kid" and it will also give them the chance to interact with the other children in their class.

While most children will have little trouble on their first day of school, there are the few that are shy and who have difficulty in adapting to this new environment. It can be a terrifying experience for the few who are not too outgoing. A family online therapist can easily help children who have difficulty adapting to their new environment. The family online counselor will work with the child to get over their fears and find that school is not a bad experience. Parents who are looking for any advice or suggestions about preparing their child for their first day of school, or who have questions about how to deal with their child's fear, can easily contact an online therapist or counselor for help and use online therapy or online counseling to help them get ready for the first day of school.

Jennifer Baxt is the owner of which offers a variety of online counseling services. If you would like to know more about Jennifer or any of our online therapists , visit our website.


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