Many kids feel lots of emotions about their first day of school, and so do parents and caregivers.

Talk Ahead of Time

This is a great opportunity to start a conversation with your children about how they’re feeling. Check-in on what they’re excited about and what they might be feeling nervous about. We have specific conversation starters for back-to-school.

First Day Tips

  • Make sure your children eat breakfast – our minds and bodies are connected and being hungry can cause irritability or difficulty focusing.
  • For young children, going in to meet the teacher with your child may make your child feel more comfortable.
  • Taking a few deep breaths (breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth) with them before heading out the door can calm them and you. This is helpful whether they are feeling really excited or nervous.

Capture the First Day

It’s also a time when many families take photos.  These photos can be a great keepsake to look at with your children many years from now.