Problems Parents Face When Children Go To School For The First Time

first day of school may be exciting for small children; however, not every child will enjoy his or her first days of school especially if he or she has not spent time in pre-school. Child psychologists consider this time among the most defining moments of a child’s life.

His or her perception of school and education will be determined by how well he or she will deal with those first days of school. Parents should be aware of these challenges and move swiftly to assist their children. Here are some of those challenges:

1.     The child may refuse to go to school

Among the most common challenge is that the child may not want to go to school on his or her first day. The child would rather stay with you at home in a familiar and comfortable environment. Reassure the child that he or she is going to see you a lot. Give them something they can look forward to.

curtThey problem could be that the school does not meet the child’s expectations or he or she has a problem with another child. You can learn to manage their expectations whatever they are. Also talk to the school official so that they can work on a strategy that helps the children to solve their differences.

2.     The child may be afraid to enter the classroom

At times, your child will be ok going to the school but once it gets to the point where he or she has to enter the classroom, he or she starts to panic and refuse. Avoid fussing the child. Instead, reassure him or her that you will be there to pick him or her up immediately the school day ends then hand him or her to the teacher. The teacher has likely handled many such situations and has experience on how to settle the child in the classroom.

3.     The child may find it a challenge to make friends

Another major challenge for kids who are joining school for the first time is, relating to other kids and making new friends. This is especially a big challenge if the child does not know any other kid in the school. The best solution is to try as much as possible to take your child to the same school as his or her friends. If there are any kids your child would like to know, invite the kid over together with the parents if possible and let them socialize outside the school environment.

4.     The child may develop bad behaviors at home

There could be several reasons for this. One, the child may be rebelling against you for taking him or her to school. Secondly, it could be that he has picked up the habit from other kids in school and lastly it could a way of attracting attention.

If parents do not handle these challenges early, children will grow up with them. Unfortunately some parents have let these challenges go on into later years. That is why Frank Biden established the Mavericks High Schools. The schools aid students between the ages of 15 to 21 years of age who are in grave danger of dropping out of high school.

Author bio

Parker is a champion of children’s education rights. Being an educator such as Frank Biden, he loves to give advice to parents when it comes to the education of their kids.

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