September is all about transitions!

The advent of a new school year tends to be a time of momentous changes and transitions. Whether your child is starting preschool for the first time, transferring to a new school, or simply changing classrooms, taking a little time to prepare for these big changes can go a long way to make for a smooth transition.

Anxiety feeds off of the unknown. The more familiarity your child finds in a new situation, the more likely he or she will feel at ease.  You can build familiarity before school starts by:

  • Playing on the school playground – come have a play date with your child’s new classmates in the projected new classroom.

  • Stop by for snack time in the afternoon with the new classmates – we usually eat around 3:15 pm at Bullfrogs and Butterflies for our afternoon snack.

  • Find other children from the class or school and schedule play dates on site or at each other’s homes is you live nearby or in the same neighborhood.

  • Attend school events and Open Houses – Bullfrogs and Butterflies “Parent’s Night Out” is a great way to meet other classmates, schoolmates and the parents can enjoy an evening out at the movies or dinner.

  • Learn the name of your child’s teacher, or better yet, meet her with your child in a private parent/teacher/student conference – keep it informal and fun.

  • Know the policies and procedures such as dress codes, permissible items, and drop off/pick up procedures and locations. For example, we drop off and pick up in the main activity room before 8:00 am and after 5:00 pm.

When your child knows a little bit about what to expect and what will be expected, she’ll not only experience less anxiety, but also be better prepared for successful, positive experiences.

Adapted from Amanda Morgan and


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