Back to school season is in full swing, once again. If this is the first time your little one is ‘flying the coup’ and heading off daycare/preschool, you might be feeling a little nervous. Will they like it? Will I be okay? Will they get the attention they need? We chatted with Raised Real community members about these questions and more. Mother of 2, Brynn, from The Domestic Dietitian shared her story with us.
What was your biggest worry before sending your tiny human to daycare for the first time?
My biggest worry was that they would be sad and would end up having a negative attitude towards preschool. To prepare, we attended a play date at the school before class started where the parents stayed to help put the kid’s minds at ease. We also tried to hype up all the fun things they were going to do at school and instill in them the notion that parents always come back to pick up their kids at the end of the day.
How did the first day of daycare go?
It went better than expected but it was so emotional for me. My daughter cried a little bit but the lovely teacher distracted her with a story about butterflies while I slipped out the back door. I’m not going to lie, I was bawling in my car. She had a wonderful first day and the next few days were a little bit more of the same but eventually she looked forward to going and no longer felt sad or nervous.
Do you have any advice for other parents?
Realize that it’s going to be hard and be prepared for tears (yours and theirs!). It gets better; stay positive and upbeat, especially around your little one. They pick up on your nervousness so staying calm in front of them makes it easier.
“Realize that it’s going to be hard and be prepared for tears (yours and theirs!). It gets better; stay positive and upbeat, especially around your little one. “
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