Starting preschool can be hard stuff for some kids. It’s a huge life shift, especially if your kid has never been in a daycare.
My son recently left a babysitter who loved him dearly and gave him tons of personal attention to start preschool. He is now in a room full of crazy, loud two-year olds with wonderful teachers. The catch is that no one has the time to hug him all day long.
So he cries a lot when we we leave him in the morning.
I don’t blame him. Heck, who wouldn’t want to be hugged all day long?
We’ve had our ups and downs. I can tell he genuinely enjoys the school but the evenings have been hard. Sometimes he acts out because he is so tired. Or doesn’t eat.
One thing we found that helps a lot is talking to him. I explain where we are going in the morning. Tell him when I will pick him up. That I will miss him, but he will have so much fun.
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My husband and I are good at managing expectations for each other, and we want to do the same for him
For this reason, our family loves the children’s book Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney.
The book is about a little llama starting preschool, not wanting to get involved because he misses his mama. The book goes through his day — from hanging up his coat in his cubby to lunchtime and playtime. Then, mama picks him up after the day is done.
Of course, the little llama finds that he can love both school and mama.
My son loves that this book mirrors his day. I often find that he is better at school if we read this to him often. We always read this to him on Sunday nights before bed.
I highly recommend Llama Llama Misses Mama, especially before transitioning your kid to preschool or daycare.
If you want to see how the story ends, this YouTube video says it all.