Enrolling your kid into a school is a significant milestone in yours as well as your child’s life. Though we know that this is going to happen someday, we’re not quite prepared for it when the day really comes. You were used to having your child around at home, and now he or she will spend more time in school. It’s a transitional phase, and both parents and children have to be prepared for it in a way that both enjoy this new phase which they’re embarking upon. There are a few things which you, as parents need to keep in mind before sending your child to school:
Make your child used to stay away from you:
It’s school, and your child won’t be sent back home just because he gets all cranky and is unable to adjust to the new surroundings. Try to get your child out of his comfort zone and get him to mingle with children and other people too. This way, he will already get accustomed to adjusting to new surroundings and will have a smooth journey once he enters school.
Educate your child about good and bad touch:
While no one should encounter this horror, you need to keep your child prepared against all kinds of predators. Make your kid aware about the difference between good and bad touch and also to raise the alarm if something untoward happens.
Listen to your child:
Once into school, your child will have a lot of things to share. Things he learnt, the little fights he had, the scolding from his teacher, the pats on the back et al. You should give a listening ear to everything your kid says and be patient. Encourage them to recover from their mistakes and not repeat them. Also, praise your child and make sure he knows you are proud of him.
You are your child’s role model:
If you want your child to sleep early, wake up early and not waste his time on gadgets, you need to start following these things yourself. Your child looks up to you and will follow everything that you do. You may not realise this, but even your small actions have a lot of influence on your child. So if you want him to imbibe a particular habit, you have to inculcate it first.
Be prepared to spare time for school activities:
You need to know that once your child enters school, there will be a lot of events where your presence is essential. So make sure you spare some time to attend these events, no matter how busy your schedule is. It makes your child feel valued and secured.
Teach your child basic manners:
No matter how small, every person should be habituated to the usage of the Magic words. Bring it to your child’s notice every time he forgets to use them. Also, give them a proper restroom training and teach them how to ask every time they need to visit the restroom. Make it a point to show your child how to use the handkerchief. And get them used to eat on their own.
It’s a roller-coaster journey that your child and you as his parents are setting upon. There will be a lot of ups and downs, but all you have to ensure is that your child has your back in every situation!