Starting school is a huge step for a highly sensitive child. It’s a new environment, often busy, filled with new people. There is separation anxiety to tackle. There is change to process. There is a huge transition to master. It’s something that many parents of highly sensitive children struggle with.
When my eldest started primary school five years ago we made a mess of it. My husband and I didn’t realise the impact then that my son’s highly sensitive characteristics would have on him starting school. We just didn’t know enough then. We learned the hard way and whilst it’s no consolation for my eldest, my other two sons have had an easier start on their education journey because of the lessons we have embraced along the way.
My youngest son recently turned four, and here in the Netherlands that means he can start school. We’ve taken baby steps. My latest article for Passionate Parenting shares how we’ve handled starting school this time around.
Over to you: How has your HSC taken to starting school? How did you handle the transition? What would you change if you could do it all again?