Littles flourish with solid routines. They like knowing what they can expect. They usually only like surprises when it comes in the form of a box with a bow or a puppy. At Bright Beginnings we thrive on routines. By December the kids could literally run the day without me.
This routine thing is why new littles cry and get sad . Their routines are off. They probably aren’t getting as much sleep. The food is different… and where’s mom?
There are so many new things but I can promise you we will make it. Sometimes we read social stories to help teach a solution or work out feeling. Today I read “LLAMA LLAMA missed momma.”
I read the book for one child that struggled a little all day. It backfired. As I read two others had meltdowns ahhh. Breathe.
I even showed them a picture of a llama from a coffee shop on vacation. Didn’t help 🤪
Things you can do at home to help this transition pass more quickly.
Show your child the pictures from school and talk about the fun they had that day. Ask “ I wonder what you will do tomorrow?”
Assure your child they are safe at school and loved.
Rest rest rest. If you don’t already have a bedtime routine you need one. Littles this age need 12-13 hours of sleep a day. Bedtime at home should be no later than 8 pm. It’s hard I know :/ but the alternative is a miserable tired little struggling at school.
That’s three things that will help us all feel more successful. Hang in there with me – it’s only day two