6 Ways to Boost Your Daughter’s Confidence for Her First Day of Kindergarten

I submit that the first day of Kindergarten is more nerve-wracking for parents than their kiddos, but, if your little girl is feeling a bit skittish about school too, here are some ways I helped my own daughter, Reagan prepare for her first day.

  1. Tour the school with her. Reagan and I were given a tour at registration time after I requested it. If you’re not offered one, ask. Most importantly, take a look inside the classrooms where she will be spending most of her time and locate the bathrooms. Knowing the lay of the land will give her the confidence that comes with familiarity.
  2. Walk to school or the bus stop with her the day before. Besides getting her familiar with her new routine, this is a good way for both of you to know how much time you need to allow in the morning to arrive on time. Being on time is the first step to having a confident day.
  3. Let her pick out her clothes for the week. From ages three to five, Reagan had a mind of her own when it came to her clothes. At five-and-a-half, she has a better understanding of why she needs my help to look her best for school and why that will be important to avoid being teased. I bought a 6-shelf hanging closet organizer to organize her entire week of clothes together on Sundays. This not only saves time, but helps us avoid arguments and tears in the mornings. Now she feels confident about what she is wearing and so do I. Instead of standing in the closet with her in the mornings, I can be in the kitchen preparing breakfast and know that what she is putting on is something that matches and is weather appropriate.
  4. Let her help prepare her lunch. Having a hand in packing her lunch and choosing what goes into it, gives your daughter ownership over that part of her day. It also teaches her how to make healthy choices.
  5. Role play introductions with her. Even if your daughter isn’t shy, it’s good to emphasize to her how her ability to introduce herself to others and ask them to play will be an important skill in grade school. Social skills will always play a big part in kids’ overall school experience and how they feel about themselves.
  6. Read “Little Girls Can Be Mean: Four Steps to Bully-proof Girls in the Early Grades.” Bullying programs being put in place in schools across America typically only address one type of bullying – physical – most often done by boys. But, we all know that girls have bullying techniques of their own: “relational aggression.” And it all starts in Kindergarten. Girls Can Be Mean will help you prepare your daughter to cope with the inevitable gossip and friendship riffs that occur in the elementary years. The book empowers parents to connect with their girls and help them to develop resilient self-esteem before they reach middle school.

As a member of Clever Girls Collective, I was selected to participate in the Healthy Habits program sponsored by Kimberly-Clark and Colgate-Palmolive. The content and opinions expressed here are all my own. #healthyhabits #cgc

Chris Bird is a designer, WAHM of one and pilot’s wife living in Colorado. She writes about family travel as Standby Traveling Mom on TravelingMom.com as well as her many misadventures and life in between at MamaBirdsBlog.com. Follow her on Twitter.