what to do about my 2yr old crying at preschool?

Kristin - posted on 10/11/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )




I'm a sahm. and my son is two years old. he doesn't get around kids his age often except for his cousins but that isn't often. I signed him up for a preschool that is only two hours long for three days a week. open house was only thirty minutes long and he clung to me. the first day he cried for 50 minutes straight. I stayed in the hall still he stopped crying before I left the building. today he cried until he got so tired he fell asleep. when he woke up he cried until I got there.. so he cried the entire time. my son need this opportunity to socialize but the teacher is going to give it. 3 more days next week until she "kicks" him out.. I tried staying with him for about 15 minutes the first day and my husband stayed 15 today. both times we snuck out when he got busy with some toys. I feel awful over this. I need some suggestions.


DeAnn - posted on 10/11/2012




He may not be ready for socialization. Toddlers are needy individuals - they need their family. Unless they have been raised from infancy in daycare social situations, sudden daycare situations can be quite scary.

Separation anxiety is normal at this age. He's at the peak, so putting him in child care without you is probably not the best option if you stay at home with him.

Join a "play group" instead. You and other moms get "girl time" while watching the children interact. He'll have the comfort of knowing you're around if he needs you, and time to socialize with other kids. Although, at this age, he probably doesn't really "need" socialization. By age 3 or 4, they're ready, but at 2 it's not a necessity. Hope this helps!

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