Preschool as plenty of benefits. Your child will play with other children, learn how to behave around teachers, and get plenty of mental and physical stimulation. But for some kids, the transition from days spent at home to school can be tough. Here are some tips to make it easier.
1. Give kids a heads up
The most important part of any transition is the time before it happens. Talk about preschool in a positive way as much as possible. Mention how much fun they’ll have and all the new friends they’ll make. Talk about the teachers, the school building, and anything else they’re bound to come in contact with. As the first day approaches, bring it up more often to inspire excitement. If they look forward to attending preschool, they’re less likely to be anxious.
2. Keep your schedule intact
Anytime your child makes a big transition (they are going to happen every few years), it’s best to leave everything else as it was so they have something solid to hold on to. Don’t change bedtimes or wakeup times. Don’t enroll or remove them from activities. Keep everything just the way it was.
3. Start socializing early
For many kids, the biggest challenge at preschool is the number of children who are present all day long. If your child spent his or her first few years at home with you or a relative, they might find spending days with 30 other kids jarring. The best way to prepare for this is to begin socializing your child with other children as early as possible. Find play groups or meet other parents to schedule time with their children.
4. Visit the school when it’s empty
Arrange a time with the school to stop in for a bit when it’s empty. Give your child an opportunity to walk around, play with the toys, and get accustomed to the environment before the other children show up. When your child starts on the first day, he or she will already know their way around.
5. Hide your own emotions
It’s common for a mom or dad to be emotional when they leave their child at school for the first time. You might be sad that you’re leaving them. You might be anxious that something bad will happen. Or maybe you get teary because you’re so proud. However you feel, be sure to only show positivity and enthusiasm so your child knows that this new adventure is safe and fun.
What did you help your child get used to preschool?
Written by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the Woombie Baby Swaddle
Karen has been an RN for 22 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.
Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.
Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!
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