Layla LOVES preschool, but you wouldn’t guess it by the way she acts once she gets back home. Picture a crazed raccoon on its hind legs, fangs out and hissing for some fishy crackers. One minute we’re walking hand in hand down the sidewalk, and she’s telling me how much fun she had over and over. Then the meltdowns start the moment we walk through the door. The product of no napping and too much stimulation.
It took a bit to find our routine. Here’s a few ways we avoid our post preschool blues. Hopefully they can help heal another tearful toddler, or mom/dad for that matter.
A little screen time
I know, I know. I can hear a few tongues clicking in disapproval. I’m not going to sit here and pretend that I don’t give my children screen time. I do. Especially when it helps to calm and relax my daughter after she runs around with her classmates for two and a half hours.
A favourite snack
My daughter is a routine snacker. She expects snacks at certain times based on the one or two times she was given them at that same time. I know, toddler logic – it totally makes sense. So now after preschool, she looks forward to a bowl of grapes and a juice box.
A lay down
This strategy is not intended to be a nap, but sometimes I luck out. As we all know, it’s umm, a tad bit strenuous to get our toddlers down for a nap some days, especially if they’re transitioning out of that phase. In exchange of “a nap,” I have my daughter “lay down” on the couch. I put a blanket over her and keep her brother at bay. A few minutes later, she’s up and playing with us – happily.
A tight lip
Like some sort of interrogator-in-training, I often find myself hammering Layla with questions when I pick her up from preschool. She’s still on cloud nine and I can barely get coherent responses out of her. I thought I was just being an interested and supportive parent, but soon I realized that I was spinning her into overdrive. Now I spread my questions out throughout the evening.
Do you have a post preschool routine? I’d love to hear it!