February 26, 2023
Most kids are ready to go to daycare and preschool, but they might be struggling with separation anxiety. If your child has a hard time at daycare drop off, you’re not alone!
Here are some tips for making it easier on both of you:
Help your child practice separation with you before going to daycare.
A comfort item can help distract your little one from feeling anxious about leaving you behind at daycare; this can be especially helpful if the toy reminds them of home and makes them feel more secure in their new environment. It’s also important to remember that while we want our kids’ days at school or daycare to be fun and engaging, there will inevitably be times when they may miss us or get upset about something going on around them–and that’s okay! As long as we’re supportive throughout these situations without shaming our children into thinking there’s anything wrong with having emotions like fear or sadness (or whatever else might come up), then we’ll do just fine as parents overall.”
You can also encourage your child to play with friends after drop off. This will help them feel more comfortable when they get there, since they’ll already be familiar with the other kids in their class. If you know someone who works at the daycare center and can leave some toys for your child, consider doing so!
Separation anxiety is a normal part of childhood development. It can be difficult for parents and kids, but it’s important to remember that separation anxiety will get better over time.
Separation anxiety is normal, but it can be hard on both you and your child. If you’re worried about how to handle the drop off process, here are a few tips:
With a little bit of time and effort, you can help your child adjust to daycare drop off. Try using some of these tips to make the process less stressful for both of you!