Children become schoolchildren
Little children, little worries; big children, big worries. Is that really true? When you think of the many mothers and fathers who send their children back to school after the summer holidays, or even for the first time, there could be doubts about this saying. After all, everyone involved is usually very excited when kindergarten children become school children, a change of school or a new teacher is imminent.
Do you still remember your first day at school? The day when the kindergarten child with a tooth gap becomes an ABC marksman is a drastic experience - and it will probably not be the last, especially for parents and children. For generations, children have been hearing on the day they start school that the "seriousness of life" is about to begin. And indeed, children must learn to take more and more responsibility for their own actions: If you don't get up in time in the morning, you'll be late for school. Those who do not do their homework receive a "minus". And those who don't learn get bad grades. Your ABC shooter first has to get used to these new rules, the transition from kindergarten child to school child is sometimes not so easy.
Preparing for a new phase in life
You can prepare your child well in the weeks before the first day of school. In general, you should start early enough to practice independence with your child. Of course, children do not become independent overnight, but they start to want to make their own decisions early on. Parents accompany their children along this path and often have to learn to let them walk alone a little longer. And that is actually not as difficult as one might think. Getting your rolls from the baker around the corner on a Saturday morning, staying overnight with your best friend or staying alone at home for half an hour - children of pre-school age can and should be allowed to do that. After all, a lot of independence is required from the first day of school: they have to remember their homework, don't forget their sports bag and don't dawdle on the way to school - to name just a few examples. Your child will not always be the first, it will also be criticized sometimes, because failures are also part of everyday school life. If something doesn't work right away, don't prevent your child from "failing". It is important that it also learns to deal with failures.
Show that negative feelings are completely okay and understandable. So it can learn to accept that not everything always works at the first attempt - and make a new attempt later. It is equally important that you know how your child is doing in school. Is he proud of his own achievements or does he feel overwhelmed, how does he cope with teachers and classmates? The family meal together is the ideal time to talk about what you have experienced during the day. Also ask about your child's feelings. What could your daughter/your son be particularly enthusiastic about today and why? What has perhaps even pulled the mood to its lowest point? The little ones should understand that their opinion is important and that they are taken seriously. Talk about yourself and how your day is going.
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The early bird...
At most primary schools classes start between 7.45 and 8.15 am. In order for your child to have enough time to get dressed, have breakfast and get to school, he or she has to get up early. This is difficult, especially in the dark winter months. Make sure that your child goes to bed on time in the evening. Primary school children need between ten and eleven hours of sleep. In the morning you should provide plenty of light. Happy music, a good mood and a delicious breakfast will help you get up.
The challenge of everyday school life
Your child is already in school? Suddenly new topics become important for your family. Which school is the right one? How do you do homework without arguing? Does my child like the school lunch? Is tutoring already necessary in primary school and how much free time is left? Support your child in the challenges of everyday school life by ensuring a regular daily routine. For example, homework should always be done at the same time and there should be enough time every day to play and romp in the fresh air. Rituals from kindergarten such as reading aloud together, eating together and greeting or farewell rituals now give your schoolchild security and should be maintained. But because school isn't everything either, taking time off during the holidays is enormously important. Here, children should simply be allowed to be children and not be confronted with buffalos for class tests or the stress between private lessons and football training.
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