Overcoming First-Day Jitters

by Christa Pinsonnault, Alta Head Start’s new Mental Health Consultant

As the school year begins, it can be hard for children to be away from their parents, and difficult for parents as well. Children can sometimes tug at your pants, cry and throw tantrums when it’s time for you to go.

But remember that it can be scary to go to a new place for the first time. We can make this transition easier by using some of these helpful tips:

  • Do a short activity or play with your child for about five minutes before leaving the room.
  • Let your child know that after this activity, you’ll be leaving and that you’ll see him or her after school.
  • Keep it positive! Remind them that they will have fun with the teacher and their new friends.
  • Say goodbye, and remember — they’re in good hands!


A note from Christa Pinsonnault…

As the new Mental Health Consultant at Alta Head Start, I am very excited to begin working with your children to build social skills and emotional health. You may see me in the classroom playing with children, talking to them, teaching lessons on how to make friends and be a good friend, and how to have self-control when they are mad, sad or even super-excited!

If you would like to meet with me, I am in my office at the Renaissance Building from 8 am – 4 pm on Fridays.