One of the most important milestones in a child’s life is the beginning of school life. A child who has been with the parents since birth, protected, guarded is to be prepared to get exposed to a different life altogether. A life which has teachers, friends, and a lot of other new stuff.
I see many new moms getting nervous about how their kids will adjust or whether they are taking the right decision by sending the child to a school early and so on. Whether to send the child to a playgroup is totally a parent’s choice but at any stage of school life certain things need to be kept in mind.
Sharing a few pointers from my own experience of sending my two children to school at various stages.
1. Playgroup. This is the beginning of a setup where the child is on his own without the parents for 2-3 hours. A lot of times there is a discussion whether the child who is so young needs to be sent to a playgroup or not. I would simply say a playgroup is only for 2-3 hours where the children interact with their little peers, play, learn a little, and have lots of fun.
2. Setting a routine. When the kids are babies sometimes there is no routine. They stay awake till late and wake up late. But once the parents decide to enrol the kid in the school, they should start following a routine for the child few months in advance so that the child can cope up well later.
3. Sleep time. A toddler needs 10-12 hours of sleep for rest and better growth. Ensure that the child sleeps on time in the night so that he can wake up fresh in the morning. Often moms complain that the child is cranky in the morning. This is because his sleep is insufficient.
4. Meals. One of the biggest struggles of parenting for many moms is food! Mothers are worried about the quantity of food, the nutrients, and the time taken by the child to finish the meals. Always ensure that the child has breakfast before going to school. My children have this habit of having breakfast right from the time they were in playgroup. Wake up the child a little earlier so that you don’t have to rush the child to eat or may be send the child empty stomach. A good breakfast is essential for the kids to stay fresh, active and healthy.
5. Try to select a school which is closer home or either parent’s workplace when the child is younger. Either parent could reach quickly in case of any emergency.
6. Talk to the child daily in a casual way to know how his day was, whether he has some issues.
7. If there are any issues, approach the teacher in a polite manner. Don’t accuse or argue unreasonably. After all, the teacher is handling many more children.
8. Don’t be overprotective. In the school, kids learn to share, have tiffs, cry, laugh; it’s all a part of growing up and learning.
School life is a new phase of every parent’s and kid’s life. With all its ups and downs, it’s one of the most memorable phases of the child’s life.
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