The first day of high school is easily one of the scariest days in a kid’s life. It starts a whole new chapter and it involves a multitude of new people and experiences. To help your teenager get through it smoothly, try these tools and advice.
Help them prepare for the first morning of school. The night before the big day do things like packing a lunch or putting money in their bag, and making sure the backpack has all the necessities and is ready to go. Also, help them pick out an outfit and lay it out with shoes and accessories so it’s easy to get ready the next morning. Knowing that they’re fully prepared will decrease apprehension. The morning will also go smoother and it will take their stress level down.
Next, remind your teenager that everything is going to be okay. The repetition in this is key because hearing it multiple times will truly rest their mind and keeps doubts out of it. This sounds simple but gentle reassurance will help them sleep easier.
Speaking of sleeping easier, encourage them to go to bed earlier. Getting a full night’s rest is important because it will help them be more awake and therefore more social and outgoing the next day. A teenager who went to bed at two in the morning because they were up all night worrying is a lot more likely to have a bad first day.
Also, tell your teenager to be social and confident because everyone is nervous. This is the first time they will meet new classmates and first impressions are important. Everyone is a little bit scared and people will remember who reached out to them and was kind from the beginning. Small things like introducing themselves and smiling at people can result in friendships that will last the full duration of high school.
Another great thing to tell your teenager is to be friendly with the teachers. This will give the teachers a great first impression of your student which will last the entire year. Building teacher relationships also creates a reliable resource to which your child can turn if they need guidance while at school.
Last, make sure your teen understands the map of the school and will be able to locate classrooms. With these things in place the first day is sure to go much better than it would have without some thoughtful planning.
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