As four and five year olds around Australia get ready to take their places in classrooms for the first time, there is bound to be a lot of tears- and not just from the kids.
Did you know that mums are more than five times more likely to cry at kindergarten drop off than their children? Yep, I’d believe that.
In a survey conducted by U.K. firm Fairy Non Bio, 89 per cent of parents said seeing their child in a school uniform made them realise how grown up they were. So much so that 44 per cent of mums said they considered having another baby after their first born started school.
There’s no denying it, the first day of big school can be highly emotional.
So if your baby is about to embark on their schooling journey this year, here are some mum care tips to help you get through the first few days.
Prepare yourself, as well as your child.
Talk about what’s going to happen when you take your child to school. Tell them about how the day will work and prepare them for being without you. Start encouraging them to be independent in getting ready in the morning and making sure they can take themselves to the bathroom during the day.
Prepare yourself for the day by acknowledging that they are growing up and celebrating their increasing independence. Assist them when needed throughout the day but encourage them to do things without you.
Knowing that your child is able to manage some skills by themselves may make you feel better about being away from them.
It’s ok to cry.
Of course you’re going to be emotional, it’s a huge milestone.
Try and save the waterworks for the car after drop off though.
Children take their emotional cues from the adults around them. You want your child to be happy and positive about going off to school; not conflicted about why you’re upset. Children are too young to understand the complexities of why you might shed a few tears on the day and will simply be upset because you're upset.
So mum, pull out your best Oscar winning performance and smother them in smiles. Then dissolve into a puddle of tears once safely back in the driver’s seat. Totally acceptable.
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Take the day off