Usually, as they grow up, toddlers become more and more talkative. At the same time, even if they are able to tell you what's ok or not with them, they are not always able to explain why. This may be an issue when preschool begins, a milestone for both parents and kids. So what can parents do when their child starts such a big adventure but doesn't enjoy it?
Of course, preschool can be a brutal change for a child; the experience may be scary and some problems are to be expected. But if serious unhappiness persists after an adjustment period, some measures should be taken to find out why your young girl, or boy, has so much trouble to adapt. What are the signs your little one is uncomfortable in their new environment?
Frequent tummy issues or nervousness are good examples of suffering; your child who was a chatterbox became silent, now refusing to say anything about their day at school. They are not at all excited and show no interest in what's going on in their classroom. In such cases, there are a few useful things parents can try to better understand why their once cheerful and prolix kid became sad and dumb.
Volunteer in your child's class
It's an efficient way to get a better idea of how your child is feeling at school.
Talk with your child
Since your child is at this stage not the best communicator, you may need to be creative in order to pull enough information out of them.
Talk to your child's teacher
While the time you may spend volunteering would probably be limited, your child's teacher is with the kids all day long and should have more insight than you about the situation.
Make a list of what may be problematic with your child's preschool
Then, divide this list into things you can control and improve versus things you can't change. Finally, work on the first category as early and as well as possible.
Picture: CDSA preschool (Wikimedia Commons, w/Effects)