Coping in a new school

Coping in a new school

Going to school for the first time, or changing schools have been known to be one of the most stressful experiences any child will go through at least twice in their lifetime. We take a look at how parents can support them.

Changing schools is stressful, all the more when you’re barely two bricks tall and everything around you looks ten times bigger, very scary and very unfamiliar. Fortunately there are a few things you can do to make the transition a bit easier for your child.

  • It is normal for you and your child to feel anxious about the new school environment. Try not to express your concerns in front of your child. Express your confidence in his or her ability to cope with the change and be optimistic about their future at the new school.
     
  • Make sure that you read all communication from the school. The worst thing for a new child in the school is to be singled out because he or she does not wear the right clothing or forgot something important.
     
  • Get involved with the school and show your willingness to become a part of the school community and to help where needed.
     
  • Encourage your child to participate. Most schools offer activities that cater for kids with different talents. Once your child becomes part of a team or a group, he or she will have a sense of belonging.
     
  • Be available to your child after school starts and understand that he or she may need additional comfort and support during the adjustment period.
     
  • Keep your promises! Do not change arrangements without letting your child know, e.g. if you promised to pick up your child at a specific time, be on time.
     
  • Invite your child to express their emotions and discuss the reasons for possible unhappiness.
     
  • If after an adjustment period, your child is still reluctant to go to school and truly unhappy, make an appointment with your child’s class teacher and ask for assistance from the school.

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