My baby starts Kindergarten next week and I’m a mess. I knew it was going to be hard, but I had no idea how emotional I’d really get over this major milestone. After all, it’s not like he hasn’t done the whole school thing before…
But this feels different.
Part of me wishes I had a camera crew following me around next week so I could not only be present and in the moment, but also be able to capture every little moment of my son’s first day of Kindergarten on camera.
Luckily I got to talk with a former Kindergarten teacher about my fears and concerns, and she was able to give me some wonderful advice and tips. So if you are like me and you’re about to become a parent of a Kindergartner for the first time, keep reading. There are so many things to take in during this time in your life.
Check out these 10 tips for new kindergarten parents:
#1. Stay Strong
It can be hard to show emotions on the first day of Kindergarten, but it’s important that you stay strong. Your child is watching you and can feed off of your emotions very easily.
#2. Talk to the Teacher
A lot of parents are shy about asking the teacher questions. He or she is going to spend at least 40 hours a week with your child, you should be asking as many questions as possible.
#3. No Worries
Please do not panic if your child does not know everything their “supposed” to know. While kindergarten is an important academic year, not every child comes in on the same level.
#4. Communication is Key
It might not click that you need to pay attention to every letter or phone call that comes your way this year, but it’s super important. Check out your child’s backpack and folder as much as you can, so you do not miss any pertinent information.
#5. Get Involved
Don’t just sit back and let kindergarten happen to your child. Jump in there and get involved as much as you can. Get involved by volunteering in your child’s class or eating lunch with your child once a week.
#6. Listen Carefully
Your Kindergartner is going to have a lot to tell you this year. Make sure you are listening with your head and your heart.
#7. Responsibility Matters
Your child is going to have so much going on in those first few weeks of kindergarten, but there is something you must stress. Responsibility is a big thing during the big first year of school. Children will learn a lot about responsibility, but it’s best if they learn the concept of it from you first.
#8. Your Child’s Level
I know many moms are probably freaking out about their child entering kindergarten. Do they know enough? What if they don’t know how to read? Stop thinking about what your child might not know and pay attention to what they do know. Their brains are incredible and sometimes we take that for granted.
#9. Time Well Spent
Now that you are going to have less time with your child at home, it’s important to make each moment count (Not that time didn’t matter before because it did). However, time just got a little more precious.
#10. Summertime Bliss
It’s important to help your child get ahead this summer, but it’s also important to let your child’s brain rest. Your Kindergartner is going to learn a lot this year, there’s no doubt about that. Don’t forget to let your kid be a kid. Show your child that there are times in life to be serious and times in life to have fun.
Do you have any tips for new kindergarten parents? How did your child’s first day of school go?
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