Kids worry about school starting because they may not know what to do or where to go. Whether they are popular or not they will still worry. Kids with special needs worry more because of the complexities that they must face. Whenever a new school year begins, all kids need to know what to expect.
There are a lot of things that parents can do so that their children will feel more confident. Since most schools offer the opportunity for parents and children to visit prior to the first day of school, the task should be an easy one. Hopefully your child’s school does have a plan in place so that it will be a simple process. When your child’s school doesn’t have a plan, you will have to make your own arrangements.
To illustrate, you can make a call and talk to someone at the school and relate your concerns. During the call, ask if your child can meet his or her teachers. Additionally, ask for a map of the school so that you and your child can get to know where things are. Remember that it is especially important for children to know where their classrooms, the cafeteria, locker and rest rooms are.
Finally, one of the best gifts that parents and teachers can do for a child is to find a buddy who knows where things are and one who will be willing to sit with the child at lunch. As we all know, it is demoralizing to have to sit alone. Even more, it offers bullies a good opportunity to make fun of a child.
These things may not seem important to you as an adult but please don’t dismiss their concerns. The issue becomes magnified when children are going to a new school or when they have special needs. In addition, kids worry about being bullied if they don’t know where they are going or what they need to do.
In addition, parents please talk to your children about helping out new kids. After that, talk to them about bullying and let them know that you will not tolerate it.
Specifically Kids Worry about Things Like:
· Will I know where to go for my classes?
· Will anyone sit with me at lunch?
· Will I be able to find my locker?
· Will I be able to open my locker?
· Will I be able to find the rest room when I need to?
· Will I get on the right bus?
· Will kids like me?
· Will I make new friends?
We would love to hear your suggestions as to help children prepare for the start of the new school year.
Do you know a lonely kid who needs a friend? Maybe the lonely kid is your kid or maybe the kid is someone else’s kid. It doesn’t matter whose kid it is. What matters is that you do something to help that lonely kid because all kids need friends.
Maybe the kid is different in some way or maybe the kid is new to the school or neighborhood. Maybe the kid has a learning disability. Whatever the reason is that the kid doesn’t have friends, you need to help in some way. Sometimes adults understand things better than kids do so you need to take charge and do something to help the kid.
How to Help a Lonely Kid
There are some easy things you can do. If the kid isn’t your kid, you can suggest that your kid makes friends with the lonely kid. If the kid is a student and you are a teacher, you can do something to get the kid involved with other kids. Like you could break the class into small groups and do it in a way that the lonely kid would be in a group of kids that would be nice. That way it will be easier for the lonely kid to make friends.
If the kid is your kid, you can connect with other parents and invite other kids over to your house so that your kid has a chance to make friends. If the lonely kid is your kid, a great thing to do would be to get the kid a pet to love. I especially like dogs and you can probably guess why. Dogs are amazing friends for kids. A lonely kid won’t be as lonely if the kid has a dog for a best friend. Dogs get what lonely kids are feeling. Dogs just love and love and they make lonely kids feel less lonely.
The most important thing to remember is that you need to do something to help a lonely kid. You will help a lonely kid won’t you?