So Your Child's Going to Kindergarten 3

Advice to the parents of the class of 2029

The class of 2029 will start kindergarten this Fall. Their parents, especially those sending their oldest or only child to school, may be filled with a juxtaposition of emotions. They may be elated at the new life development or grieving it with their whole heart. Or both!

To help all kindergarten parents survive this transition, Vinings Lifestyle Magazine asked area parents who have been there for some advice. Here’s what they had to say:

Heather Atchley Hodge: “Share your excitement about kindergarten and starting “big kid school”, while also keeping in mind that your child is still very young. They need down time, love, hugs, and reminders for behavior and ways to treat others. Allow them to make mistakes and let them know that tomorrow is always another day to do your best.”

Diane Overton: “Kindergarten is exhausting! Your student may be super-tired and/or have behavior troubles at home, especially during those first few weeks, and especially if he/she hasn’t been to all-day school before. Downtime after school might help. And a big dose of patience definitely comes in handy.”

Sarah Lyons: “Tip one: If your child will ever ride the bus, start from day one. There are many safety procedures in place and the kids will learn the ropes and routines with a LOT of supervision. If you are worried about missing those first day pictures, put your child on the bus and then drive to the school and meet them at their classroom door and snap away. Tip 2: Take all of your supplies and your checkbook to “sneak a peak”. It saves a lot of hassle that first day. Plus you can join the PTA and put money on your child’s lunch account. Tip 3: Pack lunches the night before. Even better, have your child pack their lunch the night before (with supervision of course). In the morning all you have to do is slip in an ice pack and zip them up.”

Stephanie Campanella: “Listen to your child. The “little things” are big to them! Everyday ask “What was the best part of your day?” and “What was the worst part of your day?” Don’t get caught up in the parent gossip, gossip has a tendency to be false or greatly exaggerated.”

Victoria Jean. “Be the person you want your kids to be. They will do and say what the people around them do and say. Do what I say and not what I do does not work well. Verbalize the importance of academic excellence often and lay the foundation of high expectation. Praise effort as practice does lead to success. Remember “FAIL” equals first attempt in learning.”