Resume Your Daily Routine with Little Stars
Most of us have had our lives disrupted the last few months, but luckily– or not– many of us have started the process of returning to normal habits. That means getting up early to head to the office and needing trusted child care to help make that possible.
This seems like a simple task, especially since you have reliable child care lined up. But the reality is that your child was likely in a daycare facility or preschool earlier this year, then was home for 5 months and saw their parents at home every day. It was hard enough preparing them to be away from you the first time, now you need to do it again, after they had 5 months of play time?!
Here are some tips to help ease your child back into being away from home:
Let Them Spend More Time at Grandparents’ House
Note, this isn’t grandparents coming to your house to babysit; the point is to get your child out of the house so they can start to gain a renewed sense of spending their days somewhere else. The grandparents’ house is familiar, yet away from the comfort of their own home. Of course, be prepared to take every precaution to ensure everyone’s health and safety, even if younger children are not prone to spread the virus. As always, ensure that your parents know how grateful you are for their child care efforts!
Get Them Used to Playing Within Groups
Having been at home so long, your children may have gotten re-used to playing by themselves and having everything catered to just them. At such a young age, children likely have to become reacquainted with group social dynamics. A good start would be playdates with neighbourhood children at a host house where there is a trusted chaperone. This will allow you to stay in the background, allowing your child to play without mother watching over their shoulder. To be good neighbours, ensure you swap houses and host the (preferably) outdoor play date to help out fellow parents with the transition back to normal lives.
Start Building a Routine for Them to Follow
Odds are the normal bedtimes and wake up times slipped a little during the last few months. Remember back to your childhood (or even now? ha!), how difficult it was to wake up early after a long period of sleeping in? Your child most likely will undergo the same difficulty; so if you have a firm date when your routine will start to normalize, spend a week in advance waking your child up earlier than they had been. Once the rush comes on the first day back comes, your child will be much more ready to wake up and go, and will benefit greatly from a more regimented sleep pattern.
Build Up Their Excitement for Daycare and Preschool!
Judging from the looks we see on children’s faces everyday at Little Stars, they love coming to daycare and preschool! With so much time away, your child might have forgotten the feeling of being around their friends and favourite caregivers, the activities, the fun learning and the laughs of a time well spent. Remind them of how much they enjoy going to Little Stars and how much more fun they will have at daycare or preschool than sitting at home for days on end. Watch their eyes light up at the memories and how excited they are to see their play pals and teachers again!
The last few months have been unprecedented in its disruption. Hopefully everybody has made it through this tough time with a smile and determination to make the most of their lives. As you get back to your routine, Little Stars is here to lend a caring hand with the most important part: safe, fully accredited child care you can rely on when you need it most!