11 Tips for parents to help children settle into a new school
11 Tips for parents that could help. Many parents face challenges in preparing their child/children for the start of the school day.
The following tips should help in combating this challenge and help children settle into a new school easily.
- Have your child go to bed early to make sure that he/she has had enough sleep.
- Wake your child up with enough time to get ready for school.
- Eat breakfast: give your child a light nutritious snack in the morning. It’s always a good start for the day.
- Don’t react to “whining” or engage in arguments about his/her desire to not go to school,
- use statements or short phrases not questions or counter-arguments.
- Always praise the positive behavior and never delay the punishment for the negative one.
- Distract, redirect or use humor to divert attention and reduce stress and aggression.
- Pair yourself with the child’s teacher but don’t stay for long.
- Do not give false promises to disengage from a clingy child e.g. I’m going to the toilet and will be back.
- Say goodbye to the child by going down to his/ her eye level.
- Be calm and consistent in your routine and be aware of body language, your child feeds off it. Make it positive.
Helping children get ready for school in the morning can be a challenging task for parents. However, by following some simple steps, parents can make this process easier and less stressful for both themselves and their children. Ensuring that your child has enough sleep, a nutritious breakfast, and positive reinforcement can make a big difference. It’s also important to stay calm and consistent in your routine and be aware of your body language, as children can pick up on your cues. With these tips, parents can help their children start the day off right and set them up for a successful school day.