The opening day of school for the first timers or for children returning to a new classroom in the ‘old’ school can be an anxious experience both for them, and their parents. Some children look forward to the first day of school with excitement however quite a few of them go through anxiety of being in a new environment or among new group of people.
Some of the symptoms of separation anxiety may be crying, clinginess, tantrums and at times regressed behavior for the first timers as well for the returning children. Parents need not worry, as this is a normal part of child development. In some cases there may be children who have a great first week but the anxiety sets in the second week or even after a month.
These are a few suggestions to cope with separation anxiety when you drop your child off at school
The preschool years provide a great foundation for children and they have a lot of fun during this first school experience. Once you get over that first hurdle of saying goodbye, you will see your child grow and learn in leaps and bounds.