Taking your child to preschool or daycare for the first time can be a bit nerve-wracking. This is because it may be the first time you have entrusted the care of your little one to someone else for a long period of time. There is a lot of emotional and physical preparation that needs to take place. Take a look at these tips that will help get you through it.
Get Your Child Excited
You can buy books about preschool and watch movies with characters who are in preschool to get your child excited about going. Talk about the movies and all the fun the kids are having. Make your child see that you are excited for them to go on this adventure. Take the time to talk about all the exciting things that your child will do and all the friends they will make at daycare.
Bring a Comfort Toy
No matter how much you try to prepare your child for the big day there might be a bit of drama. One way to alleviate this, at least in the first few weeks, is to have your child bring their favorite toy from home. This will offer some comfort. The toy will come in handy at nap time and in those moments when your child is missing home.
You May Need Some Extra Time
Whether you work for yourself or you have a boss, you need to make time to go in later than you normally would at least for a week or two. This will help your child relax more because there will be less of a rush in the morning. Rushing around can make your child feel anxious and can make things more difficult for you since they will have more trouble settling into a routine.
Do Not Linger
Although you have been advised to make sure you have extra time in the morning. This does not mean you should linger too long once you have dropped your child off. It is best to let the teachers deal with any crying that may occur. They are used to this kind of reaction especially when children first start preschool. This is a great time for your child to bond with the teacher as they help your child to calm down and settle into the environment.
Taking your child to daycare for the first time is not just hard for your child — you are likely to find it challenging as well. By preparing emotionally ahead of time you will both get through it.