Child starting pre-school

Jill - posted on 08/10/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Okay, my 4-year old son is going to start pre-school this month. I have suddenly become really worried! I have stayed home with his since birth. How can I cope with him going to school? I will still have my daughter home with me, but I know I am going to worry about Caden being in pre-school! HELP!!!

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Melissa - posted on 08/31/2010

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my daughter started school last year too. she cried when i dropped her off and so did i. you can't help it. but i promise he will be ok. the first few days he will be upset and cry, but he will start to look forward to it. He will have fun learning new things and making new friends. Now when my daughter comes home from school i love to ask her how her day at school was and she rambles on and on about everything she did, and about her friends. It's so cute.

Jill - posted on 08/31/2010

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His first day of school went of great! He got on the bus and came home on the bus! Very proud of him!

Jill - posted on 08/11/2010

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Thank you, MOMS! Tiffany, Your post describes me perfectly! I do feel better after reading the posts. And I do not want my worrying to rub off on Caden. I want this to be exciting for him. I wil let you know what happens. He starts the end of August. Thanks again, ladies!

Kimberly - posted on 08/10/2010

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Most of the time we worry more for ourselves then our children when they start school. I still have one left at home who has a year before she starts school. She wants to go to school and can't wait for it. You will find that with them going to school it gives you both a break from each other. You can get more things done and he can make new friends. The more worried he knows you are it will make him worry and not want to go. No matter what we will worry about our children when they are not with us, but the bird has to leave the neat sometimes. Let him spread his wings and show you what he can do.

Kimberly - posted on 08/10/2010

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I had the same trouble when my first started. She was also home with me till she was 4. To help me deal I just found ways to volunteer in her class not everyday but a lot. Seeing how happy she was there and how great her teachers were made me feel so much better.

Tiffany - posted on 08/10/2010

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I was in your position a year ago with my daughter. I was afraid she would be anxious in a new place with people she didn't know. Would she make friends, be able to tell the teacher when she had to go potty, what if somebody bullies her? The only place I had left her before was her grandma's and her aunt's house, she'd never been left with "strangers", so even though I liked the school and the teachers there, I was afraid she'd have an anxiety attack or something, especially since I was a very shy and anxious child myself. But the first day I dropped her off, she immediately disappeared into a group of kids she'd never met and began playing as if she'd known them forever! I didn't even get a goodbye kiss, I was instantly forgotten, which kind of hurt, but I was relieved for her. She had a few potty issues, and there were a couple of boys there that would pick on the other kids, but the teachers were always there to keep the kids in line and my daughter learned to be independent and to stand up for herself. I know it's scary leaving your kid in a new place all day, not being able to supervise everything or be there to kiss a boo boo, but they are so resilient and preschool is a great way for them to learn the social skills necessary for kidergarten and beyond. One advantage I see now that I didn't even think of in the beginning is that now that she's starting kindergarten she already has friends at her new school, so she's really excited about seeing her preschool friends again. When you see how much fun he has and hear him talk about his new friends, your fears will ease.

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