3 Tips on How to Handle First-Day Blues


First day high is here again. The first day of school, the first day of class: where there are new books, classmates, and teachers. Indeed, there are lots of things that happen during the first day.

That is especially true if your children just got transferred to a new primary school in Singapore.

While some kids enjoy the thrill, the sheer adventure of being able to go to a new school and make new friends, not all children have that ability to adjust and adapt, to just go with the flow, rushing into the experience with open arms. Some kids have a harder time fitting in and are more reticent about getting into the experience.

For kids, getting into one of the best primary schools in Singapore is not a matter of great importance. All they would care about is if they would like the new school and if their classmates and teachers would like them, in turn.

While this is normal, and most kids do eventually find their place in school, as a parent, you want to make sure your children survive those horrible first day blues. Here are a few things you could do to help.

1. Talk to them.

Make sure to talk to them about their fears. Ask. Ask until they tell you, until they are holding nothing back. Try to soothe their fears. And make them laugh.

Then make them understand that while fear is normal, stepping into that new classroom is a brave thing to do. And that is what children should learn most of all, to be brave—to know how to deal with their fears.

2. Make sure they have everything they need.

Are all their books in the bag? Do they have their pencils, paper, coloring pens? Do they have their rulers? Lunch and snack bag all in the bag? Be sure to check. The first day of school is an important part of your children’s life. Having everything they need would hopefully lessen any sort of unpleasant stress on your kids.

3. Hold their hand.

If you have the time, then do not hesitate to take your children to school yourself. If you normally do not drop them off to school—and hold their hand while you take them to class—then doing that on the first day is an incredible treat and will go a long way to soothing your children’s fears.