Forget Your Child - Are YOU Ready for Kindergarten?
Several No-no's to Avoid:
- Under no circumstances should you go home and tearfully flip through your child's baby book or photo album. They are at school, not off backpacking through Europe for a year.
- Do not show up to eat lunch with your child for at least the first two weeks. Let them become acclimated, make new friends and enjoy their independence.
- Do not watch the clock, especially that first day. Make plans that have nothing to do with your child. Meet a friend at the mall, meet your hubby for lunch or if you can afford it, treat yourself to a massage at a day spa. Again, you've earned it!
- Don't crowd the teacher; give her space. She is spending that first month getting to know your child. She does not need your coaching (unless there are medical or emotional concerns). And I promise you, the child the teacher gets to know is no one you have ever met!
- Finally, and I cannot stress this enough – don't cry. Even tears of happiness can throw off your child's feelings about that first day. If you must sob, say goodbye with a smile and walk directly to the principal's office. No, you're not in trouble. They just keep an extra supply of Kleenex on hand and will be waiting for you.