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4K Insights: Mom's Wisdom for Starting School for the First Time

Starting a new phase in our children's lives is both thrilling and nerve-wracking. The journey of sending our little ones off to school for the first time is marked by a mix of excitement, anxiety, and perhaps a tinge of relief. It's an entirely new world of schedules, routines, and uncharted experiences. As a mom, I understand the whirlwind of emotions that come with this transition, especially when it's our eldest child stepping into the realm of formal education.

"How exciting is it to be starting this new journey, this new season of life when your firstborn is starting school? It's thrilling, a little scary, and maybe just a bit of a relief knowing they're embarking on this new chapter."

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From schedules and routines to figuring out what to do and what not to do, there's an overwhelming array of new things to navigate. But amidst the chaos, there are three vital lessons I've learned while preparing my oldest child for school.

Starting school for the first time is filled with new things.

Isn't it surreal to think about your first child, your eldest, attending school?

The mere thought of it can be a bit overwhelming. From school supply shopping to practicing introductions, there are countless aspects to consider, some you didn't even anticipate. It's a flurry of questions – can they say their last name? Do they know their address? What about opening a snack on their own?

"How crazy is it to think that your first child, your oldest, is Starting school for the first time?"

The adjustments for both us and our children are not to be taken lightly. Emotions, big and small, play a significant role. It's okay for us to feel nervous, excited, or even scared. As moms, we're not immune to these emotions.

Navigating the emotional landscape of sending your child to school is both exciting and challenging. If you're looking for some expert advice and insights, these kids books can be a valuable resource:

A Little SPOT of Emotion 8 Book Box Set (Books 1-8: Anger, Anxiety, Peaceful, Happiness, Sadness, Confidence, Love, & Scribble Emotion) - I love these books, they really helped us talk about emotions in a way our toddler could understand and provided great management strategies.

My Little Growing Mindset: Growth Mindset for Ages 2-5 - Growth Mindset plays an important role in our kid's lives as we prepare them for independence.

What Should Danny Do? (The Power to Choose Series) (The Power to Choose, 1) - This is a great series to encourage problem-solving and critical thinking in a way that toddlers and young kids can practice.

Preschool, Here I Come! - I think this is a bit self-explained lol. A good short story to help spark conversation about what to expect in school.

However, just as we encourage our kids to seek help, we must do the same for ourselves. Taking a deep breath, seeking support from loved ones, and asking for help when needed can make a world of difference.

As parents, our role involves setting routines and boundaries, both for ourselves and our children. By incorporating our kids into the preparation process, we empower them and foster independence. From selecting outfits to practicing snack time, involving them sets a positive tone for the school days ahead.

Starting school for the first time  needs a routine, boundaries and to prepare ahead of time.

Acknowledging their feelings is key. Encourage excitement and positivity, while also validating any fears they may have. Just as we experience trepidation, they might too.

Sharing your own moments of apprehension can help them understand it's normal to feel uncertain and that it's alright to seek help and support.

"Acknowledging. If they are a little bit scared or timid about going to school and acknowledging that and telling them that it's okay."

Remember, there's no one-size-fits-all approach to this journey. Each family's path is unique. Celebrate the small victories and navigate the emotional landscape together. Whether it's public school, private school, or homeschooling, trust your instincts and embrace the adventure.

You got this mama, Jessa Raye


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