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Tips to Help Your Child Start School


Our 4-year-old son is finally starting preschool this fall. I say “finally” because a lot of people have chimed in that their little ones were in “school” by two or three. We’ve been lucky to have our little man stay with his grandma everyday but it’s time to give him some fun opportunities – and a chance to make friends who aren’t grown-ups!

Regardless of your circumstances, though, by the time your child is ready for school, you’ve learned that any transition boils down to a BIG DEAL for your little one. Potty training, scary big kid beds, new siblings – it all brings some big emotions for a child to deal with.

So, today I’m sharing some of the tips I’ve stumbled upon as both a parent researching ways to handle things and as an educator who has seen the best and worst “first day of school” experiences.

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Reflections on the Eve of Preschool

I knew this day was going to come. From the moment I held him in my arms I knew his dependence on me wouldn’t last Preschool Kids. Thirstiesforever. Eventually I would have to let him go and our days spent together would be relegated to the weekends. Soon, he’ll have friends, sports, hobbies, school and homework. I’ll no longer be his one and only “best friend.” I may even have to drop him off a block away from the party so I don’t embarrass him. Graduation will come; maybe he’ll go away for college, maybe he’ll stick around and learn a trade. He’ll meet someone who’ll take his breath away; my position as the most important woman in his life will become second fiddle to the one he’ll call his wife. Children will come, jobs will be accepted and life’s rough spots will be endured.

All the while I will remember him … Read More