To do: Label all of your child’s clothing, especially the extras they leave at school.
Time: 10 minutes
Materials: Permanent Marker
Caring is sharing, except when it comes to underwear. Label clothing to avoid sharing with other children at school!
Part of your child’s transition to school life is learning to work in a group with a lot of other children. That’s why we suggest labeling anything and everything that goes to school with your child.
Here’s why: Your child has a strong sense of “mine”. My lunchbox, my toys, my brother! And when other children are near or even admire your child’s things, they might feel protective.
Grab a fabric marker or Sharpie, and invite your child to join you in the labeling process!
Have a casual conversation about school. “I’m getting these things ready for you to take to school, would you like to help me?” Explain that you (or your child!) will write their name on extra clothes like underwear and socks, and backpacks and lunch boxes too. And don’t forget miscellaneous items like water bottles or sunscreen.
Help your child understand that their belongings will be safe. “If your teacher or a friend gets confused, you can point to your name and gently remind him or her!”
Lastly, here are some phrases to practice when someone touches your stuff. Practice at home:
- Excuse me, that’s my lunchbox. Would you mind putting it down please?
- No thank you. That’s my work. (or food/clothing/toy)
- May I have my shoe back please? (This actually happens, you know it does.)
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