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4 Tips for Dropping Off Happy Children

Posted on 11-22-2016

There may be some kids that just can’t wait to get to school, but there are also the more introverted ones that would prefer not to leave mom and dad. Though the morning transition into preschool or daycare may be difficult, here are 4 ways that can make it just a little bit easier for you and your child.

  1. Bring something familiar.

Bring some kind of comfort object to leave with your child. Having a little piece of home to take along could give them the confidence they need to bravely take on the day. A little blanket or a small stuffed animal that is dearly loved just might ease away the fear.

  1. Be confident (don’t show your fear).

If you’re happy and confident in the situation, then they are more likely to be happy and confident also. Kids can smell fear, so don’t be hesitant! Be firm and let them know that everything is going to be okay! They’ll have a lot of fun once they warm up.

  1. Don’t sneak away.

It may seem like the easy solution, but it’s only going to cause trust issues in the future. Be honest about the fact that you’re about to leave instead of creeping away when they’re not looking. They’ll be even clingier next time if this is your habit. Always say goodbye, give them a hug, and confidently leave. They’ll be just fine!

  1. Validate feelings.

Try not to say things like “You’re fine, just go play.” Validating feelings could be the key to leaving them happy. Your child needs you to recognize the fact that being left is a big deal to them. Instead you could say something like “I know that you’re sad, but you’re going to have so much fun today!”

Help them understand that the way they are feeling is natural, and try to not judge them for that. Reassure them that you love them and you’ll be back for them soon! As soon as a routine is in place, being dropped off will be the new normal for your child, and the drop-offs shouldn’t be so dramatic anymore. Just remember to give your child time to adjust to new surroundings, and reassure them that you’ll be back in no time at all! 

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