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The day of re-entry approaches and your toddler will resume the way to the nursery? It will have to be rehabilitated gently, he who lives in the moment and thinks probably that the holidays will last forever!
1. Your toddler needs to prepare for the idea of this return
- TRUE. Do you think that it is not useful to ruin the end of the holidays by approaching the nursery? Mistake ! A few days before the start, explain to him (even if he is small) that he will soon return to the nursery and you to your work. Even if he does not speak yet, it is important that he starts to think about it. His friends, the nurserymen he likes, reactivate his memories by talking to him about these people ... while taking care to check that his girlfriend Lola will not have moved or that her favorite nanny will not have changed establishment ( a phone call to the nursery will allow you not to hold false hopes!).
2. No problem if you come back the day before the start of the school year
- FALSE. It is difficult for a child, even a smaller one, to suddenly go from vacation to community. For him, things do not go so fast, his notion of time is not the same as that of adults. Three days in a child's life is six months in ours. An "airlock" is absolutely essential. It is better, if possible, to return on Friday before the weekend before the day of the return.
3. You have to get used to it immediately to find its old rhythms
- FALSE. Of course, it is not necessary, nor desirable, for your toddler to re-adjust as if he were going to the nursery for the first time. But it will more easily find the rhythm of the year if you take the time, the first days, to acclimatize it progressively. Will it be difficult for you to be released earlier in the evening? Maybe you can organize with your dad to pick him up earlier, one day each for example! Or ask his grandma, his Auntie, a babysitter he already knows to come to the rescue and bring him home: even without your presence, he will happily find his cozy universe, waiting for you ...
4. It is no longer a "baby", it must be made to understand him
- FALSE. It has probably progressed this summer ... will gladly on the pot, no longer layers for napping, less need his pacifier, his precious blanket? This does not mean that you have to impose new rules and tell him that he is no longer a baby and must behave like a big one. If you say to him: "Now that you are in the means (or in the big ones), you will not do this anymore, you will do that", you risk associating the recovery of the crib with a constraint and it goes badly to live it. On the other hand, it is good to take advantage of this privileged moment to tell him: "We will announce to your pediatric nurse that you are almost clean now, that you need less your totot, your blanket ..." What pride!
5. It changes section ... it's important
- TRUE. This passage in the "upper class" can cause a little apprehension: he will rub shoulders with children and adults he knows less well, perhaps change dormitory, but above all, he will have to adopt a new rhythm ... and at the break of summer will be added the stress of novelty. Your attitude is very important for him to pass this course. If he feels that you are not worried about him, he will overcome these temporary difficulties more easily. Remind him that you are very proud that he grew up and insist on all the new activities to which his status of "average" or "big" gives him access: the pool, walks often more numerous ...
6. He changes nursery ... it will take a new adaptation period
- TRUE. When a toddler changes nursery, it is often because he has also changed house: it does a lot of novelties at this age! Even if he is no longer a baby, a period of adaptation may be necessary. Take the time to visit with him his new crib, to make the trip from home to the nursery before the big day.
7. He's going to cry on the day of school ... it's normal and it's going to go
- TRUE. Your toddler will realize that he has returned home for good and realize that he would rather have you with him all day as during the holidays. It is likely that he starts crying, or even refuses to go to the nursery ... It's normal, we too have trouble getting back to work after the summer too! Explain to him that it is not funny for you either, but that there is no choice. To raise a child is to let him know that there will be moments of pleasure and moments of constraint in his life.
8. He is unbearable, he makes me pay for his return to the nursery
- TRUE. When the holidays come back, the children are often tired, disturbed by the change of rhythm and habits. They must get used to falling asleep in a relative noise, to live all day among the other children. Often, they must get up earlier and are more jostled than during the holidays. They also feel less available. These disturbances cause some nervousness, some quirks. But your toddler will soon digest the change.
- Whatever his behavior, if he feels the understanding around him, it never lasts very long ... Finally, the return can be painful if you feel guilty about the idea of separating from your baby after this idyllic period where he had you all his ... The more anxious you are, the more your toddler will have trouble adjusting. Tell yourself it's reassuring for your child that everything is back in place. The return to permanence of his familiar world is a factor of equilibrium. It's life that gets the upper hand!