The first day of school can be very exciting yet overwhelming for some students as well as parents. especially those that are going to a new school this year. The thought of meeting new friends, trying to find classes and getting familiar with the campus can be a challenge. If you’re a mom who’s experiencing a little extra stress at the beginning of a new school year, you’re not alone. In fact, your feeling is more common than you may think, especially if your kids are younger.
A new survey from Kiddie Academy, an educational child care center, found that when all members of the family are polled, 63 percent say it’s mom who has the hardest time with the first day of school. That’s compared to only 27 percent who identified the child as being the one who struggles most. It’s normal for parents to have a tough time transitioning themselves when their kids begin kindergarten, For a lot of families, this is the first time experiencing losing some control.
Parents aren’t the only ones who can experience increased anxiety over the start of new school year. Kids often feel it, too, and parents can play an integral role in helping them cope. Anything you can do to minimize the mystery of it all ahead of time is going to help your kids. If you can preplan to have a visit to the school, talking about everything they should expect, and even practicing what the first day of school might look like, that can help.
When the first day does finally roll around, it’s not uncommon for younger kids to cling and struggle a little. For parents who are already anxious about how their child may handle this transition, they may be tempted to prolong their goodbye. And that just might make things worst.