Oh Miss Molly. How you are changing and growing my love. As many of you know, Molly started school last month. I know I know, it seems crazy to talk about school when discussing my two-year-old, but we thought it was important to get her into school early. Mostly because we wanted her to socialize with other kids more. I mean, we try to take her on play dates and sign her up for classes, but both Kevin and I work a lot and now that our 4-month-old Riley is in the picture, we just don’t have as much time to do those kinds of things anymore. So preschool was important to us to do for her. And I’m not gonna lie, those 3 hours a day twice a week that she’s at school are pretty nice for mama too!
Anyway, I wanted to share a few things that we did to help ease her transition into her new school that I think were really helpful for her! I’m proud to say that she absolutely loves school. So these are my tips if you are planning on sending your little one off to preschool anytime soon! And kids start preschool all throughout the year, so this is not necessarily only relevant at the beginning of the school year (aka September). Plus I also want to give you an update on how she is doing at school!
1. Classes at the School
When we were looking for a preschool to send Molly to, I noticed that the majority of the schools offered a toddler and me program to go to before actually sending your little one off to school. Definitely reach out to your local school to see if they have one! What’s great about signing up for one of those classes is not only do you as a parent get to spend time at the school seeing how things are done, but so does your child! I really feel like Molly’s transition to school was so easy because she had already spent so much time there. Every time we went to the toddler and me class I would say “Are you excited for class today? Let’s go to school!” And then when the day came for her to really go to school, she was already used to it. Also, at Molly’s school the toddler and me teacher is also her preschool teacher. So she got to know her while mommy was around for the class and then when real preschool started, she felt comfortable with me leaving because she already knew her teacher. And I felt more comfortable leaving her because I knew the teacher! I saw how she was with all the kids during the toddler and me class and she is absolutely wonderful! Sometimes dropping your kid off for preschool for the first time can be just as hard on the parent as it is on the child. Lucky for me and Molly, we really prepared ourselves and it wasn’t hard at all!
2. Family Picture
Send your kiddo to school with a picture of your family. Molly’s teacher required that we send her to school with one, and I think it’s such a great idea! Every time we walk into class and Molly sees it on her cubby she gets excited. For instance, the other day when I dropped her off she got upset for the first time since starting school. But I was able to distract her by showing her the picture of our family and she immediately got excited to see her little brother’s face in her classroom! And when you leave and you’re little one has a hard time with you not being there, the teacher will be able to show them the picture and help give them some comfort.
3. Confidence in the Form of Clothing – Give her (0r him!) a Cape!
Hear me out on this one. At Molly’s school, she’s not allowed to bring any toys. So when I drop her off in the morning sometime she can get upset that she has to leave her favorite book or stuffed animal in the car. So the other day I had an idea to put her in this super cute poncho/cape she wears. She has a book about a little boy named Danny that believes he has superpowers and wears a cape. So I told her that this poncho was her supercape! And that it gives her superpowers! So if she’s ever feeling nervous or alone at school she can just put it on and use all her superpowers to feel better! And I honestly think it helped her! Now when we’re getting out of the car in the morning to walk into school, I get really excited about her poncho/cape and tell her how lucky she is to have her superpowers at school! I honestly think it will come in handy to help her be brave for a lot of new experiences in her life while she’s little. Plus the poncho is just so stinking cute! Don’t you think?! It starts at 2T and goes up to size 8 for big girls! It’s from Nordstrom where I not only buy all of my clothes, but most of hers as well! They honestly have super cute kids clothes so if you haven’t checked out their kids section you totally should! Her poncho and cowboy boots are both from there. And when she wears these cowboy boots to school I always get at least one or two parents asking me where they’re from. They’re just the cutest!
And while I’m on the topic of the clothes, her romper in some of these other pictures is also a favorite of hers! She loves the little hens/roosters on it. She loves to point at them and yell “cock-a-doodle-doo!” Adorable! And if any of you were wondering about my outfit, it’s all from Nordstrom too! I love my sweater because it has a pretty bell sleeve and it’s long! Really I love any top that covers my booty and hips! Plus it’s super cozy and soft! And affordable! I wear it a lot when I drop Molly off at school in the morning. It’s cooler in the mornings, so it’s easy for me to throw on with a pair of leggings. My leggings are only $29! They will be one of the best leggings you ever buy! I mean it! And they’re such a good price that you really can’t beat it. And I linked the bandanna that I’m wearing in one of these photos, I wear it all the time in Instagram stories and a lot of you have been asking me where I got it.
OK OK, back to why I started writing this blog! Ha! I get sidetracked because I get so excited about clothes – can you tell?! Ha! Anyway, if any other parents out there are transferring their kids into preschool anytime soon, or even in the next year, these are all things to consider! And I’ll end this by saying that Molly is doing so great at school! She honestly loves it and only once in the last month did she shed a few tears when I dropped her off in the morning. Otherwise, she can’t wait to go to school on Tuesdays and Thursdays! When she gets home she’ll say “I can go back on Thursday right?” It’s so cute! And really for the first time since she was born, she’s starting to learn things from people other than me and Kevin. Which is so important for her development! I get so excited when she sings a new song that I’ve never heard. I’m just always so proud of her! In fact, I’m going to go give her a big squeeze right now! I encourage you all to do the same with your kiddos! Or your furry kiddos! And if you don’t have either of those things, give yourself a little squeeze because self-love is just as important! Love you guys!
Leave me comments below about how you help you little one with transitions! I’m always looking for tips for other types of transitions (aka – leaving school or the park!)
Thank you Nordstrom for partnering with me for this post today!!!!! I looooooooove you! No really.