Our 6-year-old is an anxious child.
For example: Every Monday, Abby switches between our house and her dad and stepmom’s house.
Starting on her Sunday mornings with us, she says her tummy hurts. This past Sunday morning, she couldn’t finish one waffle for breakfast. Usually, this kid can polish off a whole stack of ’em.
On Monday morning before the switch, she didn’t want ANY breakfast.
So last fall when Abby was gearing up to start kindergarten, I knew she’d need more to help with first day of school jitters than just an extra big goodbye hug at the classroom door.
Bonus: Download a free printable poem that will help calm your little one’s first day of school jitters.
A Unique Solution to First Day of School Jitters
I came across this idea on Pinterest and decided to give it a try.
Here’s what you do:
- Find two matching bracelets, one for you and one for your daughter. (This beaded bracelet is so pretty and is expandable to fit both your wrists. Or you can get this one with a “mom” and “daughter” charm.)
- Print a special poem (see download below) and attach one of the bracelets to the poem.
- Wrap up the poem and bracelet, and present the gift to your girl.
After she opens the gift and reads the poem, explain how it works: On the first day of school, you’ll both wear your bracelets. At school when your little one is feeling nervous or scared, she can touch the bracelet and think of you.
First day of school jitters begone!
Abby loves pretty much all jewelry, so I knew she’d love a new bracelet.
After she opened her special gift and I explained it a little, she grinned big.
She loved it. Of course.
But would it help her on the first day of school?
On the first day Ty and I met Abby at her classroom before the first bell because she’d spent the previous night at her other house.
After we exchanged hugs and kisses, I pulled her bracelet out and wrapped it around her wrist.
Now she had something tangible to calm her nerves. A talisman to remind her that I was thinking of her.
Maybe I was imagining it, but as she walked into the classroom, I could swear she stood a little taller.
What I Didn’t Expect
Abby wore her bracelet for the first week of kindergarten, and I followed her lead, wearing my matching bracelet every day she wanted to wear hers.
But here’s what really surprised me.
At the start of last week, Abby came down the stairs from her room into the living room.
“Mommy? Remember those bracelets?”
I looked up from folding laundry. Bracelets? Oh, right.
“Yes, I remember.”
“Can we do that again?” Her voice was small, tentative. Her chin sunk toward her chest.
“You mean like for first grade?”
“Yes.” Even smaller.
“Oh, honey. Of course we can.”
Her head popped up, and she flashed me a smile. Then she ran back upstairs to her room to play.
Download Your Free Printable
- Download the first day of school poem. You’ll get the printable, plus join my weekly newsletter! Just click here to download and subscribe.
- Print. Any paper will do the trick, but card stock would be ideal.
- Wrap the poem and bracelets, and you’re DONE.
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