If your child has just started kindergarten for the first time, it is logical that they are experiencing new and diverse emotions before which parents must be very attentive to provide them with all the support they may need, since they are still very young. Antonella Galli, a psychologist at our clinic, gives us some recommendations so that parents can assertively and effectively accompany their children in this new and wonderful stage that they have just begun.
- Convey security and peace of mind. Children feel the emotions of adults. Stay calm and collected every time you take your little one to the kindergarten, so that he/she has a positive response and emotion to the separation. Don’t let them see you anguished, nervous or worried, on the contrary, show yourselves happy so that your little one sees how happy you are at the start of this new stage.
- Read books where the characters have adventures in the kindergarten. In this way, the child will recognize the situations that he/she has already begun to live, and he/she will be able to know other experiences that he/she will soon live. Take advantage of this moment to tell your child about the dedication with which you selected the kindergarten in which he/she has started to study, so he/she will feel more secure and satisfied.
- Reinforce messages by playing games. Use your little one’s toys and stuffed animals to ask him/her how these first days of school have gone, ask him/her about his/her teachers and his/her friends. Through these game dynamics you will be able to know what he/she likes the most and what he/she did not, so that in this way you can know what aspects you should reinforce.
- Maintain continuous communication with teachers. If there are some aspects to improve that depend on the teachers, it is advisable to let them know, so they will work synergistically with the same objective: the well-being of the child.
- Promote independence and socialization. To help your child feel more self-confident, reinforce his/her independence. For example, organize with other parents and/or caregivers so that the children can come together to play in the park. In this way, your child will relate more to his/her classmates outside the classroom, fostering a bond that will make him/her feel in a closer and more welcoming environment.
Remember that this is a new world that your child is beginning to experience, a process to which each child will adapt at their own pace.
Psychologist at Clínica Ricardo Palma