Saying Goodbye

IMG_0826    Saying Goodbye!

It’s that time of year again.  School is starting!  Sometimes it just seems so hard to say good-bye to our little ones, doesn’t it?

As a mom of a two year old this feels especially challenging.  When my daughters lips start to turn down at the corners and begin to quiver, her eyes filling up with tears, I see it coming….wait for it… “waaaah!”

My heart melts; I feel as if I am betraying her by leaving!  Then, the teacher in me remembers, “This happens during every drop off. The moment I leave, she’ll be totally fine, everytime.” Another thing I have to remember is that soon her transitions into the classroom will be smooth if I am consistent with our departure routine.

I felt that I should share some of the things I ‘ve learned as a preschool teacher to help make transitions for other parents more pleasant, sooner rather than later.

Here are some tips for saying good-bye these first weeks of school:

  • Keep drop-off short, sweet and simple. (ex. Sign-in, big hug, big kiss and good-bye)
  • Be consistent. Have the same drop off routine every day.
  • Have conversation with your child about what to expect during drop off and during their school day.
  • Remind your child who will be there to pick them up and that they will be there when school is out.
  • Always communicate with teachers any concerns that have come up in conversation with your child.  The teacher will help your child work through those concerns throughout the day.

 

In addition, here is a website you might enjoy:

http://www.parents.com/toddlers-preschoolers/starting-preschool/separation-anxiety/goodbye-without-tears/?page=1

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