The Preschool Goodbye Tips For Parents To Get Over Their Separation Anxiety

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Tips#1: Read Together Every Day
Read to your child every day. Make this a warm and loving time when the two of you can cuddle close together. Bedtime is an especially great time for reading together.
Tips#2: Give Everything A Name
You can build comprehension skills early, even with the littlest child. Play games that involve naming or pointing to objects. Say things like, "Where's your nose?" and then, "Where's Mommy's nose?" Or touch your child's nose and say, "What's this?"

For parents, saying daily goodbyes to their toddlers going to a preschool can be a tough ask. Most preschools do have a provision allowing the parents to stay around during the first few days but eventually the parents are asked to say goodbye soon after they arrive. To get over separation anxiety is not an easy task for neither the child nor the parents. Here are few tips for parents that can help with this inevitable transition, as observed during my time working at an Upper West Side Preschool in Manhattan.


Tips#3: Say How Much You Enjoy Reading Together
Tell your child how much you enjoy reading with him or her. Look forward to this time you spend together. Talk about "story time" as the favorite part of your day.
Tips#4: Be Interactive
Engage your child so he or she will actively listen to a story. Discuss what's happening, point out things on the page, and answer your child's questions. Ask questions of your own and listen to your child's responses.
  • Strike a conversation with the classroom teacher. Share your obvious concerns about your child with the classroom teacher and ask for their feedback about your child's comfort levels and how your child is gelling up with other children while performing routine classroom activities.
  • Work towards building a trustworthy and comforting relationship between your child and one of the teachers in the classroom. To make your job easier, you can start with one of the assistant teachers as they are sometimes more involved in the daily activities in the preschool then the head Teacher. Go for a teacher that has a demeanour which is engaging enough for your child. Show your child the trust you have in the teacher by spending time with both of them during the initial few days. This trust can act as a bridge between the family and preschool for your child, resulting in lesser anxieties, both for you and your child.
  • It takes a lot of effort for anybody, let alone children to emotionally settle down and accept a new environment. Preschools open up an impressive array of activities and a bunch of new faces for the children to absorb and get accustomed to. On top of that, preschools brings new routines and rules into the lives of children to learn and follow. Such drills prove to be enough to spark the children's initial curiosities and can help quell the butterflies in their stomach. Parents must understand that their children need their loving attention and patience for the time spent together after school hours. Parents must not overburden their children with similar activities at home and need to let their toddlers settle down and relax at home, or else they may end up getting exhausted and anxious. This can develop a sense of detachment from preschools within the children.
  • Each child embodies their own pace for adjusting to new routines. Certain children get more homesick and may take longer to tackle the transition into a preschool environment. All preschools I have worked with in the upper west side are open-ended and caring enough to support you and your child and provide sufficient time for your child to adjust. Don't hesitate and let your child start their preschool journey as soon as possible, while offering them continuous support as they go through the transition into Preschool.

    Tips#5: Read It Again And Again And Again
    Your child will probably want to hear a favorite story over and over. Go ahead and read the same book for the 100th time! Research suggests that repeated readings help children develop language skills.
    Tips#6: Talk About Writing, Too
    Draw your child's attention to the way writing works. When looking at a book together, point out how we read from left to right and how words are separated by spaces.
    Updated: January 15, 2018 — 8:03 am
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