How kids can beat separation anxiety while attending school for first time

Dr. Maithili Tambe, CEO, The Academy School (TAS), Pune

Starting school for the first time can be an exciting yet daunting experience for kids, especially when they are faced with separation anxiety.

To help kids overcome this, parents can start by creating a positive routine leading up to the first day of school. This can include talking about school in a positive light, reading books about starting school, and involving the child in picking out school supplies and clothes.

On the first day of school, parents can help ease separation anxiety by staying calm and reassuring their child that they will be okay and that they will be back to pick them up at the end of the day.

It is also important for parents to establish a goodbye routine, such as a special hug, to provide comfort and consistency. Teachers can also play a crucial role in helping kids beat separation anxiety by creating a warm and welcoming environment in the classroom and offering extra support and attention to those who may be struggling.

With patience, understanding, and a positive approach, kids can successfully overcome separation anxiety and transition smoothly into the school environment.

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