Many parents of Kindergartners and First Graders want to stay around the classroom on the first day of school and observe what is happening. Parents want to be assured that their child will be OK, is settling in and won’t miss them. This is a BIG mistake. When a parent hovers around the classroom, it sends the message to your child that you are unsure of the situation. With this message your child becomes agitated and unsure and then will want you to stay longer because they are picking up on your anxiety. Your child’s teacher will know best how to handle a classroom full of new children on the first day and will immediately be doing this once the bell rings. The best gift that you can give your child on the first day of school is to give a kiss and hug and an ‘I love you’ and then leave! Or better yet, if your school had an Open House and your child knows where to go, it would be better if you said goodbye at home and put your child on the bus. This sends the message to your child that he/she is a big boy/girl and able to get to school without mom/dad. Many parents send a family picture or note in their child’s lunch and this will reassure your child that you love him/her and are looking forward to hearing all about the first day of school when he/she arrives home.