With the new school year looming, us parents are getting our kids ready for school – and for those whose little ones are starting kindergarten for the very first time, things can get more than exciting not just for the student, but for us moms as well. After all, our babies are now stepping into the big world out there!
Here are some of our favourite mom-tested tips to prepare us all for the big K day:
Be Encouraging and Confident
The key here is not to transmit any fears or concerns you may have about your child being out in the wide world (and all the terrible things we hear in the news). Kids have a kind of ESP with their parents, so any fears could easily have an effect. Be confident for them and remember to enjoy this milestone in your child’s life, and not see it purely as the beginning of her academic studies.
Many parents like to take their child out shopping for school, which often turns into a fun activity for both. You can pick out a lunchbox, school bag, pencils, shoes, clothes and even pillows to prepare for the exciting new time ahead. I did this with my daughter, and it was a special trip for both of us, not to mention useful for stocking up on all the necessities she needed for the year.
Be Familar With The Surroundings
It helps if your child has friends from playgroup who will be going to the same school, or even relatives or neighbors. My daughter attended Nursery classes at the same school, so the transition to Kindergarden was very exciting for her (moving up to “big” class) and not at all a problem. If this isn’t the case for your child, make sure to visit the school a few times and let your child “sit in” to familiarise herself with the surroundings.
Most importantly, celebrate this time with your child and help her have as much fun learning as possible.