Dropping my daughter off at kindergarten

by Amy S
(Riverton, WY)

Every morning we prepare our daughter for school. She has a good morning and is smiling and happy when we leave the house, but as soon as it is time to give hugs and say "goodbye" she clings and starts to cry. It is very difficult to walk away from her, yet the longer we stay, the worse the problem becomes. Shortly after we leave, she is fine and has a great day at school. How do we make this easier for her?

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Sep 29, 2009
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Thank you, Lorinda
by: Amy S

Routine is definitely important so perhaps extending it to the start of school would help her. All good things to think about and to try--thank you for taking the time to respond! :)

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I've Been There!
by: Lorinda

I don't know how many mornings I experienced the same thing you are right now! I found with my daughter developing a routine that we did the same way every day helped ease the transition. Take our outdoor footwear off, walk together to the classroom. My daughter is a introvert and does not talk alot. I learned the names of a few of the kids in her classroom and I made a point of saying "Good morning Sara", Good morning Mrs. Smith". We hang up her coat and backpak, put her lunch on the shelf, get on her indoor shoes so she was ready to start the day. I would often stay with her until the bell went, on a bad day until all the students were seated in their desks. We just did the same thing over and over and over. And then one amazing morning, she looked at me and said "You don't have to stay, I'll be okay". I gave her a kiss and was able to leave with no hassles.

Is there something your daughter is attached to? stuffed Toy, keychain, storybook? With my daughter I know it helps to have an object she can hold, keep in her desk for comfort. Sometimes if it was something new, we would take it. I would have to do all the talking about the object, but it took the focus off the separation. Just a couple of ideas....

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