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The first time that a preschooler goes out into the big wide world without Mom and Dad is scary…usually for the kid and the parents. However, ensuring that there is a great first day of school will build confidence in your little guy. This is important so that he or she can get the most out of their preschool experience and school experiences in later years.
The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
There are many books available to help little ones get acclimated to the idea of going off to preschool without Mom or Dad. An excellent, popular choice is The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn. This book offers kids a look into how their first day of school could go and that their parents will be right there waiting for them at the end of the day.
Let Them Choose
The little things matter. You want your child to look fantastic on their first day of school, but why not let them help in the outfit choosing decision? They’ll feel like a big kid, and they’ll be comfortable all day long. If you’re uncomfortable with your baby heading out into the world in galoshes, a super hero cape, and a tutu, meet in the middle. Present two or three outfits that you approve of and let your kid choose their favorite.
Start a Solid Routine
Go ahead and get a routine going from day one of preschool. Keep this up throughout the year as much as possible because kids do well when they know what’s coming. If you get off track a day or two later on, it’s okay. Just pick up where you left off as quickly as possible.
Get Out of There and Stay Calm
It’s hard to drop off that precious baby with someone new for both you and your child. Hanging out for long periods of time and breaking down only makes matters worse. Stay calm and ask your child’s teacher what a good amount of time is for you to stay. Once that time is met, leave even if your kid doesn’t want you to. This gives the teacher a moment to show your child that they’re there to help and love them.
Send a Love Token
Slip a little token into your child’s pocket that they can touch and hold throughout the day. A small felt heart or a love note work well. Just make sure it isn’t something that will disrupt class.
Feel Free to Call
Your preschooler’s teacher should be expecting your’s and your child’s panic on the first day so don’t think twice about calling. Also, make sure that your child’s teacher knows to feel free to contact you for any reason.
Punctuality at Pick Up
Make sure that you are on time at pick up. Your child may not yet understand that Mommy or Daddy is coming back for them no matter what. Being punctual at pick up is the best way to let them know for certain you’re coming back for them every single day.