The first day of school can bring out many emotions for parents, especially for kindergarten parents. Pride in your child's growth and accomplishments may be overshadowed by sadness that your child is growing up.
Getting involved is a good way to beat the back to school blues. Join your local PTA or PTO organization to meet other parents. Being a part of the school scene will help ease you into the ranks of elementary school parenthood.
Here are 10 tips for parents of kindergarten students to help welcome you to elementary school again as the new school year begins.
It's okay to cry on the first day of school, but try not to do it in front of your child. Show your excitement, but hide your sadness. Many parents cry when they send their kids off to kindergarten, but save your tears for after the bus leaves.
Get involved. Join the PTA or PTO at your child's school. Take advantage of orientation sessions, meet the teacher nights, school conferences and other ways to show support for your child and the school.
Volunteer at your child's school. Whether you're a working parent or a stay at home mom, there are ways you can help. Offer your help to your child's teacher or fill out a volunteer form at registration to get started.
Take lots of pictures of the first day of school. Start a back to school photo album or scrapbook. Continue taking pictures throughout the year.
Your child's teacher is on your team. Talk to your child's teacher often. Share your child's strengths and any concerns you have.
Be your child's advocate. If you feel something is wrong, check into it. If your child needs extra help, speak up. Being a parent includes being an advocate.
Create special school rituals. From sharing the best part of your day each evening to celebrating accomplishments, there are many ways to make special school memories. See the article link below for more back to school rituals.
Show off your child's work. Hang favorite papers on a bulletin board or on the fridge. Start a 3-ring binder for the best papers and let your child make the cover. You can also save favorite papers each year in a large plastic box.
Make friends with other parents. Joining the PTA or PTO is one way to make new friends. You will also meet other parents at school activities and events and through your child's friends.
Get to know your child's friends. These two go hand-in-hand. If your child talks about a new friend a lot, talk to the parent about meeting at the park and letting the kids play together. Invite friends to your house and nurture the new friendships your child will make.
A new school year is filled with excitement and new opportunities. Letting go isn't easy, but kindergarten opens new worlds and adventures to your child. Cherish the memories as your child begins a new chapter in life.