Help out with the separation element of preschool.
Teachers get it, you're leaving your baby — it's hard, it's a little sad, you want all of the kisses — but drawing out your goodbye only harms your child in the long run. Preschool teachers want you to:
- Emphasize all of the fun they're going to have at school* — ask your teacher what's going on when you get in if they need some extra, specific pumping up.
- Remind them that you or another loved one is going to be there to pick them up and have more fun at home later.
- Try to leave with a kiss, a hug, and a "see ya later!" only — if 25 parents all stayed for an extra minute, it would be chaotic for the teacher, and if one child gets to hang with their mom for longer than every other child, it would be unfair to the other children.
*If they're the least bit sick, they probably won't have fun at school — neither will their teacher, and neither will the other 25 kids and their parents who all get the same cold in the domino effect that follows — so keep him home if he's not feeling too hot.