Why is my 2.5 year old crying when we take her to school?

Shanti - posted on 06/23/2011 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My 2.5 year old daughter started going to playschool. She used to enjoy going to school. Then had to take a week's break, Now she cries whenever we reach the school. But after about 5 minutes she is fine (When I leave). After that she seems to enjoy playing with other kids. But every morning, she starts crying to avoid school. Please help..

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Jenn - posted on 06/23/2011

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She is 2.5 and that is perfectly normal. Anytime little ones adjust to a new environment and then take a week long break, it takes awhile to readjust. If she is fine after you leave then she is just dealing with separation anxiety which will ease up in a matter of days. Just remain happy and upbeat during the morning and all the way to dropping her off. Don't linger and let her see your own anxiety or stress. As long as where she goes to school is a happy, safe environment, she will be fine. Preschool teachers generally have the magic touch with sensitive children :)

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