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How can I help my 4 year old adjust to school? Would a less stressful morning routine be helpful?


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Pediatric Physicians, PC and Emory University
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You're certainly right about how your own feelings affect your child. She does perceive the rushing and anxiety and exhaustion. I like your idea of working towards a more relaxed routine.

Other ideas:

1. Make drop off quick and matter-of-fact, and part of a fixed routine.
2. Make her some kind of little badge or toy with your face on it, and mom's too. It can be a new "bravery badge", or a new stuffed animal that wears a necklace with a locket, or a locket that she can wear herself.
3. Invite one-at-a-time new friends from class to your house for play time. These ought to be fairly short, at first. You can work up to 2 or 3 kids at a time later; and later still, encourage her to go over to new friends houses (again, for pre-planned SHORT visits at first-- it's important that the playtime ends as planned, NOT ends when one or both kids fall apart!)

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