So you've made the plunge and decided to enroll your child in daycare. But, it seems as though you're getting a little resistance from your little one. Don't worry, this is an exciting time for parents and children alike. Use these tips to make the transition into daycare smooth for your child.
Step 1: Visit in Advance
Taking your child to visit their new daycare will eliminate the element of surprise for you both. By doing this, you and your child will know what to expect on their first day. This also gives them a chance to interact with other kids and teachers.
Step 2: Bring the Comfort "Blanky"
Not all kids have a toy that they are attached to but if your child does, let them take their toy to daycare with them. This will make them feel more at ease about being in a new place. Think of it as bringing a little peice of home with them.
Step 3: Talk about it
Explain to your child what is going on. Tell them why they are going to daycare and answer any question they may have. Most of the time, children are nervous about the unknown, but talking about their troubles can help put their minds at ease so that their first days are enjoyable.
Step 4: Be Patient
Expecting that everything will run smoothly during this transition is a bit unrealistic. People and children adapt to change differently, but it is important to be patient with your child during this time.
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