Children and their parents alike can sometimes suffer from separation anxiety when it’s time for kids to go to daycare or preschool. Yet every child and parent sooner or later has to begin the next chapter in their lives together.
Young children and parents have one of the strongest and unique bonds in human interaction. From the moment they are born, children imprint themselves on their parents and vice versa. So breaking that bond when it is time for children to begin interacting with other kids within the structured, supervised environment of preschool or daycare can be challenging.
Here are some ways to ease the pain of separation anxiety for both parents and children.
Set the Stage
The first day of kindergarten or the start of daycare can be traumatic — especially if parents haven’t prepared their children or themselves for the experience of dropping their kids off and leaving them behind.
So one way to ease that trauma is to introduce children to the daycare or prekindergarten program well in advance of the first day. Scheduled visits can not only reduce anxiety but also add excitement and anticipation to the experience so that when children are finally ready to start they actually are looking forward to going.
And parents can feel more comfortable leaving their children in the care of a top-quality daycare or prekindergarten program like The Amazing Explorers Academy.
Getting to Know You
Starting daycare or preschool is something just about every parent and child has to go through. It can be difficult, especially with a first-born or only child. It tends to be less difficult with their brothers and sisters, although it still can be painful.
But by preparing for it with visits to The Amazing Explorers before the official start of the program can ease anxiety and even build excitement in both kids and their parents.