One of the most distressing moments for parents of preschoolers is to see their little ones sobbing uncontrollably when they are dropped off at school. Here’s how to handle this problem.
By Arun Sharma
It's 8.15 a.m. and Shweta's household is buzzing with activity. Her four-year-old son Arjun is literally thrust into the backseat of the car and the duo dash off to school. Through the 15-minute drive, Shweta keeps praying and hoping that her son doesn't cry when he enters the school premises. Arjun is fine while travelling, but the moment he sees the gate after Shweta parks her car, his mood changes. He tightly clings on to Shweta and just doesn't want to leave her. As the duo near the gate, Arjun starts crying aloud and the five minutes that follow are enough to make Shweta feel emotionally down.
Well, if you are going through a similar situation at home, relax! You're not alone. While separation anxiety is one emotion that preschoolers find difficult to cope with, it is the responsibility of parents to turn the 'drop-off ordeal' into a happy experience.
Let’s look at some ways you can prevent your child from crying during drop-off at school.
Remember, it is common for many children to cry during the initial days of starting school. Don’t be too harsh on your little one if he is also one such child. Implementing these simple strategies will put an end to his habit in a few days. Remember, although it is hard for parents to leave behind a crying child, sometimes you just need to let them cry and leave.
If you too are the parent of a child who suffers from separation anxiety while being dropped off at school, we would like to hear from you. Send us your ideas/suggestions on how to cope with the issue, or your experience of handling it successfully to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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