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Parenting: 10 Ways to Drop Your Preschooler Off at School in a Peaceful State of Mind

(and Leave with Peace of Mind)
by Deborah Song on Oct 9th, 2014

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6. Bring an attachment object. Some children, especially younger ones, find a doll or blanket very comforting.

7.Say goodbye. It's tempting to want to sneak away. But never leave without saying goodbye, which can be startling for a child if mommy or daddy suddenly disappears. It's important to say goodbye and reassure him you'll be back, even if the initial goodbye makes him cry.

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8. Be consistent. Once you form a morning drop-off ritual, stick to it. Kids thrive better when they know what to expect.

9. Involve the teacher. Your child will be more willing to depart from you if there is a caring teacher to receive him and engage him in conversation. This will divert his attention to something other than mommy or daddy leaving. Also communicate regularly with his teacher and keep a pulse on how he's doing at school, which will help you parent better.

10. Arrange play dates with classmates. Forming bonds with classmates will help a child feel more at home in the classroom. Disclaimer: You may have a hard time convincing him to go home.

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Deborah Song is a Los Angeles-based writer and the mother of two girls. She received her master’s in journalism from New York University and writes about parenting, business and kid entrepreneurship. You can read more of her work at lemonadepost.com.

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