How to prepare your child for preschool

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If your child is starting preschool, you may be approaching this major milestone with conflicting emotions.

You’re probably excited about the fun he’ll have and the friends he’ll make. But you may feel a little sad that your baby is venturing into the world without you. These emotions are normal.

Your child will also have a range of reactions – feeling proud to be a big kid but worried about saying goodbye to you. There’s a lot you can do to get ready for the big day.

Keep your efforts low key; if you make too big a deal of this milestone, your child may feel more worried than excited.

Here are some ideas to keep the focus on fun:

l Start by reading stories about preschool.

l Help your child picture what preschool will be like with some role playing.

l Schedule a visit to the school.

l Answer your child’s questions, even if they’re difficult and remember that it’s important to answer honestly.