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How To Prepare Your Child For First Day At School

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My child is shy and I am worried that he might not make friends as easily as other children do. How....

My child is shy and I am worried that he might not make friends as easily as other children do. How can I help him. Please suggest.

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Hi Puloma 2018-04-02 16:22:36
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Shyness is not negative. He should not be stressed to socialise. Do it gradually. He may be more sensitive. So He has to be prepped up mentally before he gets into a new situation or meets people. Encourage and motivate him. Invite his friends over during the weekend. Organise games. This will help them to bond. He may have few friends which is also good. Do not push him to make friends immediately. Give him time. Please read this blog, this may be of help. https://www.parentune.com/parent-blog/my-child-is-shy-what-do-i-do/497 I hope this helps. 2018-04-02 16:35:27
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How to mentally prepare my daughter for her first day at school. She is already showing anti-school....

How to mentally prepare my daughter for her first day at school. She is already showing anti-school symptoms. Please give some tips!

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Hi! Have a dinner time ritual of talking about school and how much you have had at school. Have a casual conversation between you and your spouse. Your child will be listening. Don’t involve her now unless she asks a question. This is just for her to listen. Separation anxiety is temporary. Children will show resistance. It is normal. Just persist in your routine. Be reassuring and comforting. Do not scold or nag. Guide her to express her emotions. She may be feeling afraid of the new environment. Make it easy through stories, casual talk or art work. 2018-04-02 16:36:18
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How to Health Drink my son's confidence for his first day at school? He is little shy and is not ver....

How to Health Drink my son's confidence for his first day at school? He is little shy and is not very talkative. How to help him?

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Shyness is not negative. He should not be stressed to socialise. Do it gradually. He may be more sensitive. So He has to be prepped up mentally before he gets into a new situation or meets people. During dinner start talking about your school days and how much fun you had. Discuss this in front of him Dont involve him. Let him just listen. Do not push him to make friends immediately. Give him time. Please read this blog, this may be of help. https://www.parentune.com/parent-blog/my-child-is-shy-what-do-i-do/497 I hope this helps. 2018-04-02 16:36:40
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My son is not able to wake up early. I am afraid he won't be able to wake up on time for his school.....

My son is not able to wake up early. I am afraid he won't be able to wake up on time for his school. How to help him?

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I am afraid he will lack behind in studies bcz of this habit. 2018-04-02 15:07:48
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Begin to alter the sleep and meal pattern of children in line with the school timings. It would help the late riser especially if you start putting them to bed/waking them according to the school schedule. Same goes with meals too. If they eat according to the school schedule it is easier for them to adapt. This will in turn help the parents also to readjust their schedules too. It will help parents to physically and mentally get ready along with their children. Create an incentive based system. Reward stars when he is punctual. Gradually the routine will help in building good habits. 2018-04-02 16:37:13
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My child is already crying at the thought of his first day at school. How to help him, I am very wor....

My child is already crying at the thought of his first day at school. How to help him, I am very worried. Please give some tips.

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Have a dinner time ritual of talking about school and how much you have had at school. Have a casual conversation between you and your spouse. Your child will be listening. Don’t involve him now unless he asks a question. This is just for him to listen. Separation anxiety is temporary. Children will show resistance. It is normal. Just persist in your routine. Be reassuring and comforting. Do not scold or nag. Guide him to express her emotions. He may be feeling afraid of the new environment. Make it easy through stories, casual talk or art work. 2018-04-02 16:37:40
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Is it wise to send my child to school through a van or bus service? A lot of his friends from our ne....

Is it wise to send my child to school through a van or bus service? A lot of his friends from our neighborhood will be going through the same service. Is it okay?

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I just want my child to be in safe hands. 2018-04-02 15:13:46
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It is good to use school transport As it is environment friendly. If your friends and neighbors have been using and are happy with the service you need not worry. It will also help him to become independent. 2018-04-02 16:38:06
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My daughter is very shy and doesn't talk much. She starts crying as soon as we start talking about s....

My daughter is very shy and doesn't talk much. She starts crying as soon as we start talking about school. She wasn't even ready to go for her uniform trails. I am very worried about her. What to do? Please help Ma'am.

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Have a dinner time ritual of talking about school and how much you have had at school. Have a casual conversation between you and your spouse. Your child will be listening. Don’t involve her now unless she asks a question. This is just for her to listen. Separation anxiety is temporary. Children will show resistance. It is normal. Just persist in your routine. Be reassuring and comforting. Do not scold or nag. Guide her to express her emotions. She may be feeling afraid of the new environment. Make it easy through stories, casual talk or art work. 2018-04-02 16:38:52
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My son is for all plays! He is so fond of playing that he forgets everything else. How can we help h....

My son is for all plays! He is so fond of playing that he forgets everything else. How can we help him focus on studies too? Now that he is going to school, a balance needs to be created. Please help.

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It is so normal is it not. Boys love their outdoor play. Set a routine a week before school reopens. Allot time for all tasks from the time he wakes up to sleep time. Let him sleep and wake up as per school time. Allot time for some reading and writing. During school days this time can be for revising and homework. Break this period into time slots of 20 min study and five min break. Or 45 min study and 5 min break. Have 2-3 such slots as per his school work. Create an incentive based system. Keep a chart and draw columns. Reward a star when he completes a task. Treat him when he gets seven stars. The treat can be play for an hour extra during the weekend. This will take time but with patience and firmness he will get into the routine. 2018-04-02 16:39:16
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My kids dirty their clothes a lot! I have tried to make them understand and help them with it but th....

My kids dirty their clothes a lot! I have tried to make them understand and help them with it but they just don't seem to listen. Now with the schools re-opening, they are going to dirty their uniforms daily! How to help them with this? How can I make them understand that it is not a good habit? Please help me.

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I think you are getting paranoid here. It is quite normal for children who are boisterous and playful to get their clothes dirty. It is a phase of childhood. But you could make them wash their stuff on weekends to help them realise how tough it is. Reward incentives if they come cleaner than usual. 2018-04-02 16:39:53
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Do I needto prepare by baby for basic things like potty, bathing, brkfst etc before sending her to s....

Do I needto prepare by baby for basic things like potty, bathing, brkfst etc before sending her to school?

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Yes please. It would be good for her. She ought to know to express herself if needs to use the toilet. You may have to use diaper for a longer time if not. 2018-04-02 16:40:17
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Hi! My son doesn't eat properly. Me and my wife have to sit with him and feed him, or else he won't....

Hi! My son doesn't eat properly. Me and my wife have to sit with him and feed him, or else he won't finish his food. We are troubled that he might not complete his lunch or not eat properly in school. How to help him? Please suggest.

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Do not worry. The teachers will keep an eye. Even if he does not not keep time for the initial few days , he will realise hunger and begin eating. Keep food that is easy to pick up and eat. Keep food that will be easy to chew and swallow. Keep small amounts but nutritious and healthy. You can always compensate with a heavier meal once he returns from school. 2018-04-02 16:38:27
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Hello ma'am! I have twins. But we have got them admitted to different schools. This is going to be t....

Hello ma'am! I have twins. But we have got them admitted to different schools. This is going to be tough for both of them, because they are used to each other a lot. How can I help my children cope up with this? Please help ma'am.

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Encourage positive discussion about their respective schools. Ask questions like what made you happy today? Take care not to compare. Be positive about both schools. In private you can ask each in a detailed manner. 2018-04-02 16:39:34
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Hi swapna! My child is moving from preschool into a big school, am a little worried, as she's now....

Hi swapna! My child is moving from preschool into a big school, am a little worried, as she's now going to move into a completely different, almost crowded environment. I would like to understand what are some of the things I could do as a parent to help her, to help her blend in & like her school. Thank You for answering my query.

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Begin to alter the sleep and meal pattern of children in line with the school timings. It would help the late riser especially if you start putting them to bed/waking them according to the school schedule. Same goes with meals too. If they eat according to the school schedule it is easier for them to adapt. This will in turn help the parents also to readjust their schedules too. It will help parents to physically and mentally get ready along with their children One parent said that she keeps a checklist 10 days before stuck on the fridge to help her prepare for the new term. She even plans the lunch to be sent for the first week. This gets her motivated and in turn helps her to set a positive tone. This is actually a wonderful idea. It is important that both parent and child to be prepared and motivated for the new term. Hence setting her into a routine similar to that of school will help. Also have daily conversations during meal time to mentally prep her for new teachers and new friends. Make it sound exciting. Reassure that she has your support. And even if she has some anxiety later you can be supportive and patient. Guide her to express her fears through story or art work. 2018-04-02 16:40:41

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