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As a former preschool teacher, whatever you choose to do, you need to tell your child upfront the plan and follow through consistantly. It's fine to plan on staying with him but set a time for leaving like 1st circle time and do a quick, positive good-bye and leave even if they are crying. Don't let yourself look sad and worried.. that's not reassuring to a child.
I will say that I never had a child that didn't adjust. The worst cases were always when well-meaning parents would be erratic.. they'd tell the child they were leaving but then crumble at the first tear and stay, they'd stay some days and not others, they'd leave and come back to check on them (worst thing to do,) and be late to pick them up!
IMO, consistency on the parents part helps a lot. I would actually advise NOT staying - you are prolonging the sad part for your DC. Say goodbye, give a good hug and kiss and walk out the door. And do it consistently, day after day. And be confident and cheerful about it, that you know this is a good place for your DC, because they will pick up on your emotions more than anything. And the crying that started for 45 min will suddenly be 5 min, and then it will be gone before you even get down the hall - meaning you hear them stop and start laughing and playing instead. The best is actually on the day you come to pick them up and they don't want to go home with you - they are having so much fun they ask to stay!
DS (6.06), DD (10.08), DD (05.11).
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