Magazine article Working Mother

Ask Dr. Sears

Magazine article Working Mother

Ask Dr. Sears

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My son is having a rough time transitioning to preschool and cries every morning at drop-off. How can I make this easier for him and me?

A:Separation anxiety at preschool often stems from a combination of not wanting to leave Mommy or a caregiver and having to adjust to an unfamiliar place away from home. It's important that your child's first experience with learning be a positive one so he develops a healthy attitude about school for the future. To ease the transition, try the following:

Start him off on the right foot. Make sure he gets at least eight to ten hours of rest and a healthy breakfast so he can be ready for the day.

Work with the teacher. She's probably managed this common developmental phase with other children, so she'll likely have some excellent coping strategies.

Go with him. Tell him, "Mommy is going to school with you for a few days." Then hang out with him for a half hour or so at preschool and ease away once he's settled. …

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