At back to school time, every kid gets first day jitters, some more than others. As moms, we know which kids are slow to transition and have a negative reaction to new experiences. Sometimes we get blindsided, even if we do prepare ourselves and our child for the first day of school.
My Story: My Youngest Son’s First Day Jitters
Last fall, my youngest son started full-day preschool, and seemed to be doing okay. He voiced some concerns initially about his preschool teacher. He seemed to get pulled into the excitement of getting a backpack and lunch box, like his older siblings. We didn’t have any first day jitters.
I had anticipated some difficulties since my son takes some time to warm up to situations, and he’s very close to me. I talked to his preschool teacher ahead of time, and I wrote her a letter in August about my son to help her help him with the transition.
One day in October, we broke our normal school routine when my husband took my son to preschool while I attended a conference. A few days later the school called about my son. He was crying, and refusing to do his schoolwork. Then, I was asked to pick my son up early from school because his crying was seen as disrupting the class. The teacher and I had multiple conversations. I talked to my son. We tried stuff at home. Finally, I pulled my son out and switched him to a 3-day nursery school where he rebuilt his confidence in himself.
I’m a bit nervous about my son going to Kindergarten this fall. True, he has always wanted to be with the Kindergarten teacher. He knows about the fun his older siblings had in Kindergarten. My son is older and much more confident. He talks to lots of adults now. Still a part of me worries, like any mom would. I’m turning my worries into a plan of action.
Read More About My Back to School Plan for Success on The Vintage Mom
Resources for First Day Jitters
- A Parent’s Letter to a Teacher
- 5 Tips for a Successful Parent/Teacher Relationship
- 5 Tips for Parent/Teacher Conferences
- How to Get Your Kids in the Back to School Routine
Shared at: The Super Mommy Club