A simple and unique trick to help your child settle in school

If your child struggles with separation or new situations. Perhaps going to school, nursery, a friends house, then this is perhaps something you could try.

My daughter gets quite anxious in various situations; one of them being on rainy days at school. As much as she is always supported and reassured she still struggled to cope during indoor wet playtimes. One rainy morning during one school year she started to feign sickness and was very upset. We talked about it and no amount of reassurance helped.

I drew a heart and a sunshine on my hand and explained to my daughter that if I drew one on hers too, that at anytime she felt sad or worried during the day she could look at it and know that I had one on my hand too, that we were connected, that I was thinking about her, that she was safe and that even though it was raining, the sunshine was still shining on her hand and in her heart.

My daughters tears literally turned into a smile immediately. She felt safe, happy and secure.

Little anchors like this are a great way to stabilise feelings of anxiety and keep a connection throughout the day. Great for a first day at school or on those wobbly days. Give it a try.

If you have a child who is worried it may wash off when they wash their hands, then you can always draw it on the wrist.

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