Children grow up so fast. One day they’re still crawling around the living room floor and the next thing you know, they’re starting preschool. The beginning of preschool is both an exciting and stressful time for you and your child. It’s good to know that there are a few things that you can do to help ease this new experience.
Below are a few strategies to help you as your little one starts preschool.
Being apart from their child is one of the main concerns most parents have when their kids are starting preschool. It’s best to set your child’s expectations about being separated from you for a few hours. Younger kids might feel separation anxiety, especially if they’re so used to you always being there and spending all your time with them. Talk to them about it a few days before they start preschool and ensure them that you or someone they know and trust will be there to pick them up after.
Your child might become frightened about starting preschool. To minimize the fear, talk to your toddler about how much fun they’re going to have. Tell them about meeting new friends and learning new things, the games they’ll be playing, and the toys they’ll get to play with. You can also take them shopping for school supplies. This helps them get thrilled about going and experiencing something new.
One of the best ways to ease your child into preschool is to take them to visit the school before they start to see what the place is like. Don’t be too alarmed if your child becomes apprehensive. Sometimes kids just need time to adjust to new people and environments. As a supportive parent, you shouldn’t push them into talking or playing with others if they’re not comfortable yet.
Get your child ready by making a schedule and strictly following it before starting preschool. If their sleep-wake schedule changes, begin to adjust their schedule a week before preschool starts. This helps them get used to the schedule and make them less cranky throughout the day. Meals should be taken before and after class. Also, it’s important that you stick with the schedule as well and make sure you or another caretaker pick them up on time after preschool. Give you and your child enough time to adjust to the changes.
Although things might have gone smoothly during their first few days, your toddler might have a few issues and struggles with starting preschool. Talk to them about it. Ask how their day were and what they did. Reassure them that everything is going to be okay and that they can get through the changes and that all of this is just another new and exciting part of growing up!
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