All instructors understand too well the tears and loud cries as a child starts pre-school, kindergarten or the infant toddler community. But did you understand that even older children feel some anxiety about visiting a brand-new school, or leaving for the first over night stay away from home? As a primary teacher I was very shocked when some of my sixth graders shed tears and appeared very anxious as they stated their bye-byes to their moms and dads before boarding the bus to go to Science school, which included a staying away from home for 3 nights! Any change of routine, especially one that takes the child away from familiar environments is very daunting, no matter the kid’s age. What I pertained to realize after my long tenure at Arborland private school is that feeling some separation nervousness is normal, and it is a part of the kid’s growth. It is a stage the child has to pass through, a part of becoming a well adjusted independent member of society. It is a stage the child will experience and readjust, and you will be astonished at how quickly that occurs!
Now that I, as your child’s teacher, have ensured you, it does not make it easier to leave with your child protesting and sobbing. Occasionally I think it is easier for the child than the moms and dads. You are leaving your child with experts who understand ways to console, sidetrack, and help your child to relax. But what about you, who will help you? You go off to work feeling guilty, thinking what an awful parent you are, leaving your child when he/she needs you desperately. Dear moms and dads, trust me, you are being the very best moms and dads on the planet, you have simply done a wonderful thing for your precious child, beginning him/her on the path of self-reliance.
To help you, the moms and dads, handle this anxiety, let us analyze why the child protests so vociferously, making you feel miserable and guilty. Recall when your child was little, and you left the room the sobbing would begin. This is since your child only knows your instant family, and has not yet been taught the meaning of time. The child feels if a familiar face is missing, it’s gone for life. Have you played peek-a-boo with a small child? When you at the beginning conceal your face, or go behind a door, the instant response is fear and uneasiness. Then when you pop out, there is relief which leads to gales of laughs and the child asks you to do it again and again. Why is that? I think the child is testing to see that you will magically come back each time. Gradually the child starts to accept the fact that even if he can not see you, you are still there and will return. What is occurring here is a normal trusting bond being developed in between you and your child.
When the child first attends school, a similar brand-new healthy bond will be formed. Now the child is entering an entire brand-new unfamiliar place, and the insecurities will appear again. The child should understand you are not deserting him, and you will return. Here are portals which you can help yourself and your child with this duration.
1. Prepare your child by leaving him for short periods, maybe with a caretaker or a relative, and always return within an offered time frame. After a while it will seem like playing peek-a-boo, “oh yes, mommy left, however she returned quickly”.
2. When leaving your child at school, remain calm; do not project your anxiety on your child. Do not negotiate with your child, “Okay, simply this once I will stay with you a little longer”. If you do that, the child will be louder the new day as he has discovered that this works. Provide him a quick kiss/hug goodbye, and leave immediately. Do the same thing every day, no matter how loud the protest.
3. Resist the urge to stick around in the background, conceal behind a pillar or a tree simply to see how the child is coping. Believe me your child is with experienced experts, and if you might only see how rapidly the sobbing stops, you would be shocked. Obviously some children take longer than others to settle, and the school has plans in place to help these children. When I was brand-new at Arborland there was one child who took longer than normal to settle, and it took me time to realize that instead of driving off, the mother was sitting in the parking area, the child might not see his mother however he might see the vehicle! As long as the child understood his mother might hear the cry he continued at full volume. Please help yourself and your child and leave rapidly.
4. Always inform the child who will pick him up at an offered time, for instance: after lunch or after nap time, and always be there on time. By doing this the child will begin to realize he can believe you, and the confidence will grow.
5. Ensure the child is not hungry or worn out in the early mornings, as this will make him cranky. The child has to have a good night’s rest and a healthy breakfast before coming to school.
6. As a parent, it’s crucial to develop a reliance with the school and your child’s teacher. Make plans with the teacher to call within an offered time frame to look at how well the child has settled down, or request the teacher to call you.
In conclusion I want to ensure you that sobbing and being unwilling to part from you on the first couple of days of school is a really normal procedure in the kid’s development, and it is a transient, short-term stage. In the unlikely event that this stage continues on to the elementary level, medical suggestions would be needed, and there could be other underlying reasons which would have to be looked at. In all my years of teaching I have never experienced a case where the child has not settled in to the school regimen in an issue of weeks.