School time for little ones is a time of mixed emotions. From the joy of your little one growing up to the sadness of them no longer being with you all day, you're probably a bit unsure of how you feel. Your child is also feeling mixed emotions. Although he or she may be excited to make new friends, he or she may not be 100-percent ready to separate from you, but there are ways to make the transition easier.
1. Make it Positive
Never mention anything negative about the experience such as "You're not going to be with mommy all day anymore," or "It won't be so bad, it's just a few hours." Instead, talk about all the exciting aspects of school like how there are a ton of other kids his or her age, the teachers are really nice and always there to help or how they get to learn new things.
2. Ask Your Child Questions About What He or She Expects School to be Like
Inquire about what your child predicts school will be like. Ask him or her questions about what he or she wants to learn about in school. Keep the questions about school limited to the good regarding school. Then, ask your child if there's anything he or she is nervous about. This is a prime moment to explain how there's nothing to be nervous about and turn anything that makes the child nervous into a positive. For instance, if the child is nervous about being away from you for a prolonged period of time, explain how he or she will see you when he or she gets home, and you'll have so much to talk about.
3. Compare School to Work
Children enjoy feeling grown up. They like to be just like mommy and daddy. They probably even pretend to go to work all day when they play. Compare school to its grown-up version—work. Explain how you go to work all day, and it's very similar to what your child will be doing all day, going somewhere to complete tasks.
4. Tell Them How They're Growing Up
Children enjoy hearing how grown they are. It makes them feel good. Explain how the child is a big kid and now gets to do big kid things.
5. Tell School Stories From When You Were Younger
Start telling your child stories about when you were a child. Make sure you tell them nothing but good stories like how you learned about interesting animals, did science projects and had a blast making new friends on the playground. Never mention negatives such as bullying. Keep open communication throughout the school year, so your child may come to you and talk out his or her problems.
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