The first day of kindergarten is a milestone for parents and children alike. Transitioning from preschool to elementary school is a new phase with changes for the entire family. Two years ago my oldest set off on her journey to kindergarten. I remember all too well how hard it was to hold back my emotions in the weeks leading up to her first day of school.
As the new school year approaches, here are a few First Day of Kindergarten Survival Tips for parents.
Drop off quickly.
One of the most important kindergarten survival tips for parents is to avoid lingering at the school. Just like ripping off a Band-Aid, moving quickly brings on the least amount of pain. The longer we spend with Annabelle in her classroom, the more time I will have to be sentimental.
Give yourself grace - it's okay to cry.
Crying is natural, especially when you're a Mom watching your child hit a new milestone. It's hard to let go of your first born and send them out into the world. I will cry before, during, and after drop off at Annabelle's first day of kindergarten, just as I will when she goes off to college someday.
Meet up with other kindergarten parents.
One of the most common tips from my followers for surviving the first day of school is to meet up with other parents after drop off. There is strength in numbers, especially when everyone is feeling the same melancholy sadness.
Write down your feelings.
Writing is therapeutic when you're overcome with mixed emotions. The first day of school makes me sad, excited, anxious and happy all at once - and it feels good to write all of that down!
Do something to distract you.
The final survival tip for the first day of kindergarten is to keep busy until your child comes home. Many parents go to work, but some may be home with a younger sibling, or even alone. Find ways to keep busy while your child is at school - and then get ready to greet him/her with a big hug!
Here are some more tips from fellow parents:
Take the first day of school photo the day BEFORE so you’re not rushed on the morning of.
Check with the school BEFORE buying a ton of back to school supplies - there is nothing worse than not having enough or having too much of something for the school year.
Pack your child’s backpack and lunch bag the night BEFORE to also save time on the first day of school for more hugs.
Caitlin Houston is a Wallingford blogger and mom of two who loves sharing all of her favorites on the Caitlin Houston Blog. Learn about fun activities at home, family friendly travels, easy recipes and more.