For all parents out there, the inevitable preschool years will come sooner than expected. As it is your child’s first foray into the real world, aka being away from mom or dad, it is important to prepare him for what is to come. Here are several things you can do to make the transition easier for both of you.
- Increase The Excitement Level- Turn fear into excitement by psyching your kids for the big day. It is tempting to buy the school bags and other supplies on your own because it tends to be faster. However, bringing your child with you while you shop will make him feel that he is part of the process. Make him choose what design he wants. Also, make your child’s bag like a loot bag, wherein you place not only the things he needs, but also stuff he enjoys.
- Inform Your Child- It is important that your child knows what is going to happen. A surprise attack will make him feel betrayed and anxious. Weeks, even months leading to the preschool, tell your child that he will be attending school for the first time with the other kids. Explain how fun it will be to play and learn with kids his age.
- Train as Early as Now- Separation is the biggest issue when dealing with first time preschoolers. Because the kid is separated from mommy longer than what he is used to, anxiety builds up. That is why you need to practice not being around all the time, so when school days arrives, he is already used to the idea. Start by leaving your kid in the presence of a trusted adult like grandma.
- Leave It to the Teacher- When the big day comes, drop your child off, kiss him on the cheek, and say goodbye. The longer you stay there, the tougher it is to let him go.
Some children may get used to the idea of preschool without a problem. For others, it will take longer to warm up. Either way, be there in every step of the way so they will be more comfortable. Do not worry because one day, all this separation problems will disappear.