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HVP January 2015

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Page 15 of 40 ■ Hudson Valley Parent 15 to them. If you're going to be late, call the facility and emphasis that the message be explained to your child. Stay calm Your child senses when you're up- set. If you are feeling guilty, frustrat- ed or sad, they will feed off of your emotions. Stay calm and upbeat at both drop off and pick up times. Rinse and repeat Stay consistent. Routines help children feel safe. Try to stick to the same schedule every morning. Be patient Don't throw in the towel if your child is still crying after a week. If you are happy with everything else about the caregiver or school, give it some time. It can take several weeks for a child to adjust to a new situa- tion. However, trust your instincts. If your child's reluctance to part from you is very out of character, there could be a situation with the caregiv- er, teacher or environment causing them stress. Remember that like most child- hood phases, this too shall pass. Rachael Moshman is a mom, free- lance writer, educator and family advocate. Find her at www.rachael- THE RANDOLPH SCHOOL Wappingers Falls 845.297.5600 Nurturing a sense of wonder (DFKFKLOG(YHU\GD\ Pre-K to 5th Celebrating 50 Years Not getting better? If drop off is causing your child intense and prolonged emotional distress, they may be suffering from separation anxiety disorder. Separation anxiety disorder is rare, but can last into elementary school and beyond, according to Characteristics in- clude a reluctance to sleep alone, loss of appetite, nightmares and panic attacks. If your child is excessively fearful of being separated from you, talk to their pediatrician. /HDUQ3OD\*URZ A Christian Preschool with a focus on helping children develop great communication skills! • Programs available for children 6 weeks-5 years • NYS licensed daycare & registered with NYS Education Dept. • Summer Camp - July & August • Before & after care for elementary school children • Open 7:30 am - 6 pm • Flexible 2 to 5 day schedules • CPR & First Aid certifi ed staff • Handwriting without Tears and NYS Standard CORE curriculum Fall Registration begins Saturday, January 17th 10am-noon Angela A. Nardo, MS-CCC-SLP, Director NYS Licensed Speech Pathologist & Teacher oon Little Pals Preschool • 121 Harriman Heights Rd., Monroe 845-783-3006 • • Looking for an awesome healthcare professional? Check out what parents are saying!

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