A new school year is getting ready to begin and this will be my daughter's first year in school. She's only going to preschool and it's only part time but I can feel the anxiety growing already. I'm a former elementary school counselor so I should be used to new school years and I'm used to dealing with parents and their anxiety for the new school year but now it's my turn. So I'm going to share my best advice for parents when it comes to surviving the school year and try to follow it too!
I always tell my parents, especially the Kindergarten parents, to give the kids a hug and a kiss, tell them you will see them soon and get the heck out of dodge! Yep, I know that sounds terrible but it's an important lesson to learn. I know that your child and mine, will be crying but you are sending them to school to be the little independent person that you know they can be. You just have to trust that they are able to do this without your help. Yes, I said it, without you. They will make new friends, they will learn lots of new stuff, and they will have lots of fun. I know when you look into those crying eyes you don't believe it but it's true. we have to learn to let go and trust. And the same for the parents. We will be fine. Sure I'll run back to the car and cry but then I will remember that my daughter is in capable hands, she will be fine and my life can continue. Whew! That takes a lot out of me just thinking about it. So, for the first time, I will get to feel what the parents that come into my office crying and looking for reassurance feel. OUR KIDS WILL BE OKAY! We can do this!
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Disclosure: I am entering a contest for a Master Lock back-to-school prize pack as a member of the Mom Bloggers Club.