2.5 year old adjusting to daycare/preschool
My parents used to take care of my 2.5 year old son while my husband and I were at work. He started going to preschool/daycare a month ago and he’s doing okay now. The issue is that even though he doesn’t fight it (like he does before bath time and bedtime) he whines and cries all morning while everyone is getting ready in anticipation of getting dropped off. He wakes up okay, then the whining gets worse and worse until he gets dropped off. Through tears and sobbing he’ll say “Daddy will drop off”, “Mommy will pick up”, “put shoes on now”, “go to the car now”, and go through all the motions while crying all the way there (5 min away). He does something similar before pick up time. He’s fine in the afternoon but starts getting really anxious and whiny when it gets closer to pick up time and then it culminates with him bursting into tears and screaming “Mommy!!!” when I show up. Not only that but on school nights, he’s now waking up multiple times at night and screaming for Mommy. He sleeps really well during the weekend. It’s a huge change going from being the only baby being taken care of by grandparents to going to daycare, but by all accounts he’s doing well there and has many friends. He loves being around other kids and he’s normally super outgoing and friendly. So how did your kids adjust to preschool/daycare and how long did it take for it to be normal for them?