Kindergarten Anxiety for Parents
My daughter is starting kindergarten in a couple of days, and I am – to put it mildly – starting to freak out. My son made the same transition 5 years ago and I was totally cool about it. My other son starts a new preschool next week and that doesn’t have me in a tizzy at all. So I know that what’s making me really nervous is that my daughter has severe special needs and she’ll be swimming with the sharks in kindergarten instead of the guppies who have kept her company until now. I’m worried that:
- Nobody will help her off of the bus when she gets to school.
- The kids will leave her in the dust at recess if she can’t keep up with them.
- She will be confused and overwhelmed and not know whom to go to for comfort.
- She won’t be able to hear the teacher, or her hearing aides will squeal (as they sometimes do) and the other kids will laugh at her.
I have to admit I’m seriously considering following the bus and watching from afar to make sure she’s okay getting off. As for the other concerns, it will not be nearly as easy to peer into the classroom or lurk on the playground during recess. Any advice on how to make it through this transition?
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