How To Control School Jitters In Kids

How To Control School Jitters In Kids

Holidays are about to get over and your children might not be looking forward to school as yet. Children often get tangled in mixed feelings of excitement and fears, while they anticipate and dread the first day of school. It also worries parents who seem to be at a loss of ways to treat their child’s jitters about school. The first step is to identify what exactly is bothering your child. Some kids have a fear of meeting new teachers and making new friends. While others dread the strict routine of catching school bus and waiting in cafeteria line. Some even fear getting lost while finding bathrooms or getting on the wrong bus to school. The level of anxiety is not the same for every child. Many early childhood education specialists are of the view that while some students start the school year with pure excitement and happiness every year, others seem to get withdrawn and have to struggle with new classes every time. Children between the ages of 5 and 11 years are most prone to falling victim to such fears. The good news is that parents can help the children face their fears and overcome them to ensure that they have a productive and rewarding experience on first day of school and afterwards. Read on to know how to handle their heebie-jeebies about going back to school. Find them a Buddy It is important for the kid to feel accepted and part of a group. Find another child going to the same school as your kid and team them up for the first day. Even having one partner in this case can raise the child’s confidence multiple folds. Take out time and make some effort to connect your little one to a classmate which will not only be beneficial for the school starting period but also might end up in a much longer and stronger friendship. Handle your own worries as well It’s not only the children who can get all anxious about going to schoool. Sometimes even parents worry thin about sending their little one to schoool, especially if it’s your toddler who is only starting first year of school. While it is perfectly normal for parents to be concerned, it is important that children don’t get a hang of it. Sometimes children tend to pick up parent’s worries, hence make sure that you remain careful about showing your own apprehensions to your little ones. Remain calm and meet with other parents or school administration to prevent aggravating your own and your child’s school-related stress. Stories always work Tell your children about your own school experiences and explain them the good things related to transition in new class and making new friends. Create excitement and anticipation by making them look forward to their favorite activities that happen as part for school curricula. Colorful words and phrases and mental images will go a long away in calming their nerves and making them look forward to school. Pay them a visit Before your kids start school, walk them around the school building and familiarize them with their classrooms, playgrounds and bathrooms. Once your kids start school, make sure to stop by them and chat up a little about how they are finding school. Introduce them to outdoor environment early on Even before your children have to start school, take them out camping and make them interact with people and commercial playground equipment so school is not all new for them. It is always recommend making your kids comfortable with outdoor environment and preschool playground equipment.