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:
Know that separation anxiety is normal for preschoolers.
Separation anxiety is a normal part of development for preschoolers. It’s important to recognize and help your child cope with it.
- Talk about separation anxiety: Let your child know that you understand how he or she feels, and that this feeling will pass soon. You can also remind them that they have been having fun at daycare, which makes them want to go back again!
- Encourage goodbyes: If possible, have an adult stay with your child until the very end of drop off time so that he or she can say goodbye in person (or on video call). This can make all the difference in helping him or her feel better about leaving their friends behind during those first few weeks away from home during the school year
Help your child practice separation with you before going to daycare.
- Practice the drop off routine at home.
- Be consistent with the routine.
- Be reassuring when you leave, explaining what you are doing and why you are leaving.
- Leave a note for your child to read when you leave, such as “Mommy loves you,” or “Daddy will be back soon.”
Give a comfort item.
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.”
Encourage your child to play with friends after drop off.
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!
Remember that separation anxiety will get better over time!
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.
Making drop off easier will help kids adjust to school
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:
- Practice separation at home before taking your child to daycare for the first time. This can help him or her get used to the idea of being away from his or her parents.
- Distract your child with a favorite toy or snack before leaving him/her at school. You might need to do this every morning until he/she feels more comfortable being apart from you!
- Encourage playtime with friends after drop off so that he/she doesn’t feel as lonely in class by himself/herself all day long!
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!