I really like how every day is sort of a new journey for my nearly three year-old son, Cab. Certain, like most of us he isn’t a fan of getting away from bed within the morning – more often than not I’m greeted with “another minute mommy,” however as soon as he’s able to go it’s on!
Just lately, a brand new journey got here into our horizon: preschool. Now, as a toddler who has been in little one care since 12 weeks, transitioning to a brand new program shouldn’t be one thing new for our household. However, this one was totally different. It reminded my husband and I of the saying “large fish, little pond.” See, Cab had grow to be the massive fish in his toddler room, not solely bodily, however mentally. The indicators all pointed that it was the suitable time to do the toddler to preschool transition, however we knew since he was so self-aware that it might be a tough one.
With the steering and help from our middle management, Cab’s toddler lecturers, and soon-to-be preschool instructor, a transition plan was laid out. We made an effort at decide up these previous couple of weeks of toddlers to swing by his new preschool classroom and do a little bit of exploring on our personal time. With Cab, communication is vital, in order a household we talked (and talked, and talked) in regards to the transition, his new classroom, the buddies he would see that went on earlier than him, and his preschool instructor.
When the massive day got here, we have been prepared.
Was he nonetheless upset? Certain. Did he have a good time nonetheless? Completely. We might have ready ourselves for years for this second, but it surely nonetheless would haven’t been simple. It doesn’t matter if you happen to’re 35 or three, change is troublesome. However, what we did discover is that every one that planning and lengthy conversations, it helped – a ton. Cab settled into preschool throughout the first week. Now, a number of weeks in, he’s so snug in his new area and instructor, it’s like he has been there for years.
A giant a part of any transition is preparing your child, however I additionally encourage you to don’t let your self get misplaced within the shuffle. It is a large transfer, for them and also you – give your self grace by it. So whether or not it’s a evening of take-out the day earlier than the massive transfer, or a glass of wine on the finish of the primary week, sit again and loosen up, since you acquired this.
I’m Aili, a first-time mother. As an avid cut price shopper who will stand in line to snag the suitable deal, if I’m not seeking out an outfit for my little man, you could find me within the dwelling décor part. I’m excited to share with you all my mishaps and successes as I navigate this factor referred to as parenting.
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