Whether your child is starting school for the first time ever or just experiencing a brand new year, the transition can be tough! While I am not claiming to know everything about the matter, I feel like I have a good grasp on transition from middle school to high school. The reality is that this is a huge moment in your child’s life and it will definitely have ups and downs. I also have first hand experience with a child starting school for the first time now. I can tell you that both transitions are pretty similar just with different ages involved.
Anytime there are big changes or transitions it is important to consider your child’s personality. Maybe he is the type that needs to be thrust into the thick of it, or maybe she needs to just dip her toes. The great news is that by being the parent you know best! So, make sure to rely upon that mom gut and do what is best for your child. Also, take advantage of the school and the support that they offer. Most schools offer open houses and meet the teacher days that can help kids become better acquainted before the first day arrives. Make sure you are being an encouragement . Kids pick up on and feed off of your emotions. So, if you are feeling anxious, chances are you are going to make your child feel even more nervous about the change.
So how can you encourage your child in order to grow his or her confidence? Prepare them, love them, support them and let them go. Yes, I said let them go. Trust all that you have poured into them and watch how they fly!
Hallmark isn’t claiming to be a substitute for parenting, but they do offer some great products to help further encourage your child that are worth taking a look at. The next time you are in a Hallmark store look for the Kid’s Collection Greeting Cards that feature different words of encouragement for things like achieving goals, academic struggles and social situations. Slip one in a back pack or folder when your child is not looking for a surprise pick me up. Hallmark also has lunchbox notes that are perfect for packing away in lunches (50 in a pack). Have a younger child? We absolutely love the Bug ‘Em concept. Just place a note inside the But ‘Em’s zippered compartment or in its 4 little legs and leave it in a place where your child will easily find it. What a wonderful game to play that fosters encouragement and connectedness.
Now in honor of heading back to school and transitions, one lucky Go Graham Go reader will win a Hallmark Prize Pack full of encouraging goodies for your kids! Here’s How: