Family 411 - Tips for dropping the kids off at day care

Family 411 - Tips for dropping the kids off at day care

Dropping off a child at day care isn’t always easy on moms and dads.

Reporter Lu Ann Stoia has a special Siouxland News “family 411” report on how to cope with "good-bye drama" that can have a big impact on both parents and kids.

There is always "morning rush" at “City Kids Day Care.”

Allie Depoy says she starts preparing two-year-old Aurelia for drop-off even before they get to the center, because the toddler hasn't developed a sense of time.

Depoy says her best recommendation is to be consistent.

“She doesn't understand mommy will be back in 8 hours,” said Depoy, Aurelia’s mom.

Depoy says she never leaves without saying good-bye, either.

Experts say kids pick up on your mood, so try not to let your baby know if you are sad.

“It is hard,” said Depoy. “There can be tears, and I don't just mean her.”

Juliet Blackenberry is a child care center director with 24-years of experience.

She says, the shorter the transition, the better for the child.

“We have rules and we just get them used to a certain routine,” said Blackenberry. “That is what they need, they need routine in their lives.”

Peyton's dad says his son's drop-off at day care was really tough on everybody the first couple months.

“It makes your heart drop as a parent,” said Mike Plakosh, Peyton’s dad. “You really don't want to see your child unhappy, it kind of pulls at your heart-strings.”

But, after the hand-off to his teacher, no more than two minutes after Mike Plakosh left for work, little Peyton was happily playing.

“He is good now,” Said Plakosh. “He still gets a little uneasy when we drop him off. It is a little bit difficult, but I think the key is, comfort item and the hand-off to the teacher really helps.”

Parents say teachers who can find ways to calm a toddler and keep them learning are a gift.

“You get them in here, you get them used to the drop-off, and it is just going to help them in the future,” said Blackenberry. “It is going to prepare them for school.”

“I think being here allows him to assimilate to a system and develop the social skills that he will need later in life,” said Plakosh.

Blackenberry says it is important to communicate with the teachers.

Ask your care provider to call or text later in the day to reassure mom or dad the child is doing alright.

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