Hello! My name is Sammy. I live on the Gold Coast with my wife and kids. For many years, I wasn't very happy. I was working in a job which gave me very little pleasure. This was because it was an entry-level job at a fast-food joint. I knew I needed to make a change, but I had no idea what that change was until I got talking to my brother-in-law. He suggested that I sign up at a local adult education college so I could improve my education and develop new skills. I did just that and now I am the manager of a restaurant. I hope you like this blog and that it inspires you to develop your skills.
For kids of kindergarten age, having a structure and predictable routine helps them reduce anxiety. You may have worked on designing a useful routine for your kids since they were born, from having a set bedtime to planning for a certain number of meals in a day.
But what happens when your child needs to change schools? It can certainly be stressful to adapt your child to a new kindergarten in a new part of the country. However moving to a new location can also provide new and exciting experiences for your child.
Here are four useful tips for helping your child adjust to a new kindergarten.
1. Be their number-one cheerleader
At a new location, your child will be looking to you for motivation and confidence. It's understandable if you're concerned about how well your child will adapt. However, showing that concern for your child may add to their anxiety and fears while at school.
The best approach is showing confidence and reassuring your child that they'll do great in school. Radiate a positive attitude about the transition and encourage them to slowly settle down at their new school.
2. Encourage your child to warm up to their teachers
Another useful approach is to inform your child's teachers about the transition. Communicate with childhood education specialists at the school and to inform them that your child may need some time to settle in.
With enough attention from teachers, your child will feel safer and less anxious. This is because teachers, as adults, give children a sense of security, and they can help them ease their tension.
3. Find activities for your child to engage in
The sooner your child feels they're part of the school community, the better their experience will be. Work with your child to help them join school activities that they enjoy. Sports, clubs and social gatherings will help your child make friends and feel more comfortable both inside and outside the classroom.
4. Share your experiences together
Adjusting to a new location is a journey for both children and adults. By sharing your personal experiences with your child, they'll be aware that both of you are working towards becoming part of the community.
Spend some time discussing with your child about what they struggled with, any new friends they made and how the overall experience was. You can also share some of your own experiences to make your child know that they're not alone.Share