First Day of School
Monday, July 27, 2009

The first day at school can be tough for both children and parents, but with a little preparation, itíll be easier for both of you to cope. Dr. Edward Hill discusses some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

Starting a new school year is exciting, but the adjustment can be unnerving for some children. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers some advice to parents:

* Remind your child that he or she is not the only student who is a bit uneasy about the first day of school.

* Your child may need some extra support if he is starting a new school. Talk with your child about his feelings and concerns. Visit the school with your child in advance. Peek into his classroom, and if possible, meet the teacher and principal. Share with them special needs, interests and talents of your child. This will assist the teacher in helping your child adjust to the school.

* Try to have your child meet a classmate before the first day so he will have a friendly face to look for. Be optimistic about how things will go when school begins. Let your child learn it is normal to be both excited and anxious, and that you feel the same way.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.