In spite of the best efforts of both teacher and parents a small number of children will still become upset. If your child happens to be one of them don’t panic. Patience and perseverance can work wonders.
A Word of Advice
- Trust the teacher. She is experienced and resourceful and is used to coping with all kinds of starting –off problems.
- Try not to show any outward signs of your own distress. Sometimes the parents are more upset than the child and are the main cause of his anxiety.
- When you have reassured them, leave as fast as possible. The teacher can distract and humour them more easily when you are not around.
- Check back discreetly in a short while. You will invariably find that calm has been restored.
- You must be firm from the start. Even if a child is upset you must insist that he stay for a short time-even ten minutes. They must never feel that they are winning the psychological battle of wills.