Every beginning is difficult: how parents get their children ready for school

Every beginning is difficult: how parents get their children ready for school

“Mom, when can I finally go to school?” Finally, being a schoolchild and one of the grown-ups – the first day of school is extraordinary for every child. But just as great as the anticipation are the new challenges that the little ABC shooters face. “Get your offspring interested in going to school,” advises Nicole Knaack, an expert in health promotion at Techniker Krankenkasse, to the parents of little school children. “The more fun school is for a child, the better. Because happy children learn more easily.” School starters who trust their abilities and have already learned to take on small tasks independently have it particularly easy initially.

The “serious side of life” begins.

Starting school is a significant turning point in life: while kindergarten focuses on playing together, schoolchildren must concentrate on learning. Sitting still for a whole lesson can sometimes be difficult for the lively school beginners. Not only that, but finding your way around in the class community, getting used to the new daily routine, and being a teacher are challenging for every child.

“Telling your offspring about exciting books and new friends instead of immediately painting the devil on the wall makes it much easier for them to get started,” says teacher Knaack. Slogans like “Now the seriousness of life begins” and “Then you’ll be driven out of this nonsense” only scare and paralyze curiosity.


Safe children have it more accessible.

Children who have confidence in themselves quickly get used to the new processes. Boosting your children’s self-confidence from an early age is, therefore, the best preparation for school. Nicole Knaack: “Parents must let their children do as they please, for example, if they want to make their bread or set the table. Allowing children to do these things means believing in their abilities. And if their parents trust them, it develops confidence.”

In particular, parents should support their offspring’s passions and talents. A sense of achievement, for example, when painting, singing, or playing sports, boosts self-confidence.

Changes for the child…

The little ABC shooters not only have to get used to being away from home for longer but are suddenly asked to be independent in many ways. They have to get to school, do their homework and subordinate their needs – such as babbling immediately when something is on their mind – to given tasks.

Children who, for example, learn to dress and undress themselves before they start school, make phone calls and pay for small purchases now have it more accessible. Regular pocket money helps them get used to handling money. Even preschool children can take on small household chores and care for the guinea pig or the family dog ​​to train reliability and a sense of responsibility.


… and also for the parents

But a new phase of life is not only beginning for school starters; things are also changing for the parents. With the first teacher, an essential new reference person enters the children’s lives. Here, it means being able to let go! If the little ones rave about their teacher, this is no reason to be jealous . First graders, in particular, still need much support from their parents. For example, they first have to learn how to do their homework.

“In the beginning, it helps the children when someone is nearby and open to questions when they do their homework,” says TK expert Knaack. “Praise is the best motivation. Constant criticism unsettles.” But parents shouldn’t just sit there all the time or solve tasks themselves. After all, the aim is for children to be able to do their homework on their own by the second year of school at the latest.

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