Easing Separation Anxiety

Saying goodbye to your child after a long summer together can be tough for everyone involved. If it’s your first time leaving your child for a full day, it can be even harder. The most important thing to remember is that your child is in wonderful hands at St. Therese! We’ve compiled some advice for parents in order to make drop off as painless as possible.

If your child is sad ad drop off, allow him to work through his negative feelings. Allow the teacher to step in and comfort your child. This encourages your child to connect with their new teacher as a caring adult in their life. Although it may seem like a good idea, resist the temptation to sneak away when your child’s back is turned. Assure them that their teacher will be there for them while you are gone and that you will return at the end of the day. Say a pleasant goodbye and confidently exit. It’s alright for your child (and you!) to feel sad in the beginning. Together, you can acknowledge those feelings, validate them, and then move on! By calmly saying farewell, you’re expressing that goodbye is no big deal. Don’t compare your child with others! Every child is individual and each child will adapt to the new routine in their own way. Some students barely bat an eyelash when saying goodbye on the first day of school, while others take a few weeks to feel that confident. Trust that it sometimes takes time. Don’t forget to take care of yourself!  Saying goodbye to your little one can be tough. The St. Therese’s curriculum is rich and engaging and your child will be loved and cared for in your absence!

To Read More:

“Overcoming Separation Anxiety on the First Day of School” – Parents Magazine

“Goodbye Without Tears” – Parents Magazine

 

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