When you took your kid for the first day of school how did you prepare him ?

@grkelly (1216)
Malta
March 4, 2010 2:08pm CST
I am soon going to experience this event in the life of my daughter, and I am not lookig forward to it that much as i will surely miss her and I do nnot kow what she will do, whether she will cry a lot for example. I must admit I am somewhat afraid. What can I do to prepare myself and more importantly my daughter for her first day at school?
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@smileonstar (4013)
• United States
4 Mar 10
HI, I have my daughter going to school too and at the first day... they let us stayed for an hour or so. Are you putting your daughter in Preschool or Kindergarten? if you are putting her in Preschool then it is nice cuz they dont do really much work at the couple weeks. They just play and sing... You have to tell your daughter from now on that she is going to school and mommy will not be there BUT mommy will come back to PICK you up for ice cream or something that she likes to do. Ask her if she likes school? tell her that when she goes to school, there are a lot of friends will be there and they will play and sing all day... and It is going to be fun. Try these and she might make up her mind
@grkelly (1216)
• Malta
4 Mar 10
It is kindrgarten, I never took her to preschool or nurseries. However at kindergarten here I was told that they will in fact just have fun rather than learning abc's and numbers, although she already knows them :) the positive thing is that she loves other kids and is very loving and happy go lucky so i am hoping she will get on well with the other kids :)
• United States
7 Apr 10
how wonderful... kid learn fast and they will teach u back. Of course, my 5 year old daughter is going to Kindergarten. they teach her songs, and Abc's and numbers and a lot more. every 3 months or so, they will test her. sometimes it is hard for first time for them to go to school but after that, she will love it and always ask u to take her there or something.
• United States
4 Mar 10
More than likely she will be fine. I am guessing you are a stay at home mom and she is not involved in any type of preschool activity. Is she involved in anything where you have to drop her off and leave while she does her activity? Brownies, chruch function, dance? If so, her first day of school should image what she does when you drop her off for one of these activities. Things you should start doing now to help are discussing how much fun she will have at school, the new friends she will make, and how proud of her you are that she is going to be a big kindergartner. Also, when you put her on the bus that first day do not make a big fuss over how much you are going to miss her. Send her away with smiles and blown kisses and that you will see her when she gets home. Do not follow the bus to school. This only creates havoc at the school and if she sees you doing this could cause fear in her that there is something wrong. Best of luck to you, this is a bigger transition for you than it is for her.
@grkelly (1216)
• Malta
4 Mar 10
yes in fact i have stopped working since her birth, and after about 3years with her running about the house i am finding it so strange and hard to imagine spending the morning without her. I hope everything will be fine :)
• United States
4 Mar 10
My children are now 13 and 17....and to this day, they still come home and we share a few minutes about their day. So there are benefits:)
• United States
5 Mar 10
My daughter's first day of regular school was many years ago. She was fine and excited about it, cause I had talked to her about what to expect, and she didn't have any problems with it. Now myself, that was a different story. I went into my bedroom, cried for a while, cause my little girl was growing up, and I went into work late after I settled down some.
• Singapore
5 Mar 10
I did that too, told my kids what to expect. With my firstborn I didn't tell him that other children might cry but with my second i remembered that and she was fine. I was worried about her first field trip though. My second child (when in school)is quieter than her brother. I told her to follow her teacher everywhere and she comes back fine. Next year she is going to an actual school. Every now and then I am tell her what it is like. With my firstborn I dont worry so much. Hes more friendly and very independent. I think it comes from him being confident. I dunno if thats a gender thing but I am praising my daughter to build her confidence too. Sometimes when I know she has a good time without me, I told her, next time I wont let you go bcos I miss you and she would say 'No I want to go!' She takes everything literally.
@nishdan01 (3055)
• Singapore
5 Mar 10
Explain what to expect and how school will be. Separation anxiety may be there, but do not min them. try for a slow teansition. Wait in the class for a day or two, if school permits. Schooling is fun and it is no more a study place alone. Get some candies to pacify your child on the first day.
• United States
4 Mar 10
I prepared both my children very well for the first day of school. They were excited to see new possible friends. They were fine :) I guess I didn't prepare myself....because both times I left the school crying :(