As a parent, one of the most important things you can do to help calm a child who is feeling nervous about school is to go through the entire morning and after school routine for a few weeks before school starts. This way, your kid’s first day of school will be less stressful for everyone involved. Obviously, the more relaxed you are, the less first day jitters your child will experience.
When running through your routine, be sure to include all of the following:
- Wake your child at the time you plan to wake him or her up once school starts
- Have your child take a bath, get dressed, eat breakfast, make lunch and perform any other morning activities he or she will need to do during the school year
- Show your child the bus stop or drive him or her to school and point out where you will be dropping him or her off
- Show your child where you will be picking him or her up after school
You might also want to consider hiring a babysitter or asking a relative to watch your child for a few hours after you complete the morning routine. This way, your child will get used to being away from you for a few hours each day and you can work out any separation anxiety issues your child may be facing.
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