“Every child is a different kind of FLOWER, and all together, makes this world a beautiful GARDEN.” – Anonymous
By nature, children are full of happiness and enjoyment in life. They live what they see and believe. However, it is inevitable that children will feel afraid of something most of the time. Just like adults, children also struggle with some challenges that hinder them from making the most of their childhood.
Children need to deal with a number of fears as they grow up. From entering a new school to taking a big shot to coping with a bully in school, they are facing intimidating situations from time to time. Unfortunately, there are many parents who don’t care about their children seriously even when they display their fears. This is an incorrect parenting method, which could make a child suffer from panic attacks and depression. If you love your kids, this is the last thing you do not want to happen to them, so make sure to give them the support they need whenever their fears take place.
The biggest challenge for most preschoolers and kindergartens is the thought of being separated from the things that are familiar, particularly their parents. Learn how to make the whole thing smoother and easier with the following ideas.
Make the Transition Smooth
If it seems that your child is afraid to enter the school, he/she is probably thinking about being separated from you. You can handle it by taking the child to the school for a visit and do it a couple of times prior to the start of the school year. Organize a tour, participate in some school events, and let them use the playground. Each time a child visits his/her new school and goes wearing a smile on his face and looks at you smiling, he is getting the message, saying that he could be happy while being there.
When your child still stays with you like a fastener when the class session goes on, you must make morning habits predictable, while making goodbyes short. Once you leave, the teacher may have your child distracted by letting him participate in the activity he loves. Place a note on his lunch box or even a huge heart is good for nonreaders. Or perhaps, give him a seashell or “magic” acorn to keep inside his pocket and tell him that he will know that you are thinking about him each time he touches it.
When your child displays anxiety with bathrooms then you should find out the reason behind that. He is afraid maybe because he worries about not having enough time to get there. Does he feel scared of toilets as they flush really fast? Is there a scary experience wherein his classmate crawls beneath the stand door? Open up his fears, and then determine and discuss some techniques he can use to deal with them. You can also ask his teacher the time when the restroom is most quiet, and let her tell your kid to go during those times.
When making your visit, you can recommend visual cues, which could aid your child in navigating the school by him alone. Let him go around, including the bathroom area, and then show him the school’s floors. A lot of buildings contain varied tiles or carpeting on every corridor or level. Discuss with the teacher something about the rooms which your child needs to get into during school days. After which, you can organize a map or make a shoe-box model in order to aid her in knowing more about the surrounding area.
The teacher is another factor that concerns many children entering school. So, you should work on this too. As the first day of school approaches, many young students visualize a “child-crunching” monster who sits behind the desk of the teacher, particular when older siblings teased them such exaggerated stories. Before the school year starts, you may introduce your child to the teacher, and let him think of your relatives or any family friends who are also teachers. Once the school year begins, your child might also think of his teacher as someone new when she differently does things from his daycare provider. It offers you the perfect chance to discuss classroom rules and the way people perform things in their unique ways.
Children by nature are good learners. You only need to make things easier for him to understand and learn. The fact that he feels scared for being at school should be addressed correctly and properly to allow him go through and deal with the challenges successfully. This should eventually make you a better parent for him. So, make sure to keep these pointers in mind when looking to enroll your child to a school new to him.