How to Get Your Preschooler Ready

Recently, I was on Great Day St. Louis doing a segment on “Back to Preschool.” Host, Matt Chambers and I talked about how to prep your kids for their first time out of the nest (sniff)!

If your toddler is heading to preschool for the first time this fall, it’s a big step for the whole family. Your “baby,” will fare better if you can equip her with some things to ease the transition. Think BOTH confidence-building and security. Here are some tips:

• Get her excited about the big step by getting her involved in picking out her preschool gear. Appropriately-sized and designed backpacks will allow her to take responsibility for her things and take pride in the fact that she can carry it herself. If she has older siblings, she probably is already wanting to be like big brother or sis!

• If her preschool will allow, see if she can bring a lovey or special cuddly friend for naptime that will remind her of home.

• If you can, see if you can introduce her to her teachers before you have to leave her at school for the first time.

• If you know other kids that are going to be in classroom, see if you can arrange for playdates ahead of time so there will be some familiar faces in class.

Practical Mommy is Ria Sharon. Click the links for Practical Mommy’s recommendations for travel car seats, affordable and fun diaper bags (skip hop bag), and the best-selling crib brand, Da Vinci Crib.