ADVERTISEMENT

The 5 Best Strategies to Ease Your Preschooler’s Fear

Change is difficult for everyone. Whether you are starting at a new school or moving across the country, it’s natural to be apprehensive about what is ahead. Preschoolers starting school for the first time have the same fears.

From dealing with worries about using unfamiliar toilets to fears about a scary poster in a classroom, parents may need to use one or more of the following strategies to ease their little ones' fears:

Visit the school ahead of time. One of the biggest fears about school is the unfamiliar environment. If the school hosts an open house or a teacher meet-and-greet night, take this opportunity to visit the school before the first day. The event may not seem like a big deal but it can significantly reduce initial fears.

Encourage communication. Invite your child to open up about his fears. Some people find it beneficial to offer a personal example such as, “Sometimes I get nervous when I meet a new person but I try to be brave and say hello.”

Don't minimize feelings. Let your child know that you are sympathetic of his feelings. Agree that it is scary to go to a new school or ask how you can make it easier. Don't ever make a preschooler feel as though his feelings are silly or trivial.

Give children control. Instead of telling a child what to do, ask him to brainstorm solutions or present several possible options and have him pick his favorite.

Don't panic or feel bad about tears. Tears are a natural part of separation anxiety for many children. Keep the goodbye quick and then check in with the teacher via email or phone after one or two hours. Most likely your child stopped crying within a few minutes and moved on to playing with friends.

 

About the Author:

Lynda Way is the owner of Pacific PreSchool & Kindergarten, a one-of-a-kind child care and learning center in San Marcos, California. Lynda's goal is to provide an early education program to children so that it satisfies their physical, socio-emotional and intellectual needs in a progressive way. She makes use of her 40 years of professional knowledge in childhood development and truly loves what she does.

Views: 63

Comment

You need to be a member of Mom Bloggers Club to add comments!

Join Mom Bloggers Club

ADVERTISEMENT

MBC CUTIES

Our Latest Food, Travel & Lifestyle Posts

Lose Your New-Mom Weight and Get Fit Again

New-moms experience a shift in focus from the self to the baby. This is understandable although it may make new moms neglect their own health and fitness which may lead to postpartum depression, low self-esteem and even resentment. That is why it is crucial to get fit again and lose the baby bulge soon. But how soon…

Shopping for Furniture Online is Easier than You Think

Family-owned and operated for more than 65 years, Goedeker’s, has had one goal in mind, to provide the best possible service and the best possible prices to everyone, all of the time. Hard work, determination, and an unshakable sense of faith built Goedekers.com into…

ADVERTISE

© 2016   Created by Mom Bloggers Club.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service