In some districts, the school bells are already ringing. Stores are crowded with parents and children, shopping for the perfect backpack and outfit for the first day of class. Teachers are busy setting up classrooms and studying the curriculum for the new school year.
In my next few posts, I’ll been sharing thoughts about how to transition a child from home to school and how to have the healthiest school year ever.
But children are not the only ones who may be anxious about the first day of school. Many parents have concerns about their children attending school and the concerns can mushroom as the children get older. Perhaps that is why homeschooling has become a popular option in recent years. According to an article in USA Today (1/2009) based on a government survey, homeschooling increased 74% from 1999 to 2007.
What are some of the top fears and concerns parents may have about sending their children off to their first day of school?
- The child may be bullied or hurt by other children.
- The child may be made fun of because of his name, appearance, or style of speech or clothing.
- The teacher may not be structured enough or may be too structured or may not understand the child or may not be attentive enough to the child.
- There may be unsafe conditions at the school.
- The child may be in an accident traveling to or from school whether he walks, takes the bus or is driven by the parent or another adult.
- The child may hear things or be taught things that are not acceptable in the home.
- The child may be afraid or too shy to speak up for herself (to ask to use the bathroom or if she needs something).
- The child may not “fit” in.
- The child may reveal family secrets or personal information.
- The parent may miss the child.
In my next post, I’ll give some simple steps parents can take to address many of these concerns which may alleviate some of the parental anxiety associated with sending kids off to school.
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