The First Day of Kindergarten – the Parent’s Role

Well you have prepared and prepared and you think that there can’t possibly be anything left to do to get ready for the first day of school for your Kindergartner.  You have shopped for supplies, bought a new backpack, bought new school clothes, gave your child a new haircut and now you are ready.  So you think, .. but are you? Are you really ready?  Have you thought about how your child will get to school?  Will you allow your child to ride the bus to school?  I hope the answer is yes.  The best way to start the school year is with the bus, because I speak from years of observing parental behavior, once you become a taxi for your child, it is almost impossible to switch him/her to the school bus. School buses are a safe way to travel to and from school and many of your child’s friends will be on the bus as well. (After reading this blog a  friend suggested that I should remind parents not to follow the bus because your child will see you and possibly become upset)  IF, and that is a big IF, if you decide to drive your child and deliver him/her to his/her classroom on the first day only, your job is to give a hug, then give a kiss and then say good bye and leave.  When you hover and watch and wait for possible reactions from your child, he/she will get the message that you anticipate him/her needing you.  Look around, most of the other parents will not be there and your child will be just fine with the teachers.  Your child will either walk in very confidently, or be a little emotionally needy.  Believe me, those first day jitters are mostly a show for Mom and Dad, and the minute that Mom or Dad walk away, the children usually settle right in.  Get ready, your child AND you are in for a wonderful year together in Kindergarten, let your child’s wings start to grow on the very first day.

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