{Un}expected Preschool Moments & Parent Tips

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MOPS International {Mothers of Preschoolers} Shares comments from moms “in the trenches” on what surprised them most about preschool, as well as their best tips for surviving and thriving during the early years of your child’s school career. This original article may be printed/posted in whole or in part, crediting MOPS International {Mothers of Preschoolers} and referring readers to our website at MOPS.org

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You learn not to judge other parents' way of parenting, when the perfect child you always imagined years ago... isn't yours.

MOPS International {Mothers of Preschoolers}

A youngster’s initial experience at preschool may be a first for mom & dad as well, and parents aren’t always sure what to expect from preschool. Preschoolers are just settling in this time of year, and Preschool Registration for the following year begins in January! Prospective Moms of preschoolers sound off on the surprises preschool has to offer, and share their best tips to help kids not only survive, but to thrive as they take the first steps into their academic career.

"I had no idea how hard it is to find a backpack for a three year old big enough to fit a folder, but small enough so it doesn't seem like the backpack is wearing him – I still haven't found one! Oh, and label, label, label...there's always something new going to school that needs a label."     says Jill, mom of 2

"Get to know the child's teacher. Offer to help out in the class and be part of it. It really helps to show your child that you care and want to be part of the learning they are doing."    says Mary Ann, mom of 2

"Routine is everything. A morning routine makes getting them out the door so much smoother."     says Jennifer, mom of 1

"I never knew how embarrassing it could be to have your child go on a potty training strike before preschool. Just when I swore that would never be MY child! You learn not to judge other parents’ way of parenting, when the perfect child you always imagined years ago ...isn't yours."     says Jenny, mom of 3

"I have been a preschool teacher and now I’m a new mom. It is a lot harder on the parents than the kiddos! Yes they are crying as you leave - and it is so hard to go – but trust me they stop crying and start playing pretty quickly!"            
says Brooke, mom of 1 newborn son

"Little people have a big honest opinion of their new world." says Cassie, mom of 2

"My biggest tip for new school parents is to NOT try to compare your child's progress to another child. Each kid is different and will learn at their own rate. Just show them how proud you are of each new accomplishment."    says Brienne, mom of 2

"Call early, waaaay before you anticipate needing preschool. My last kids were put on waiting lists as Twin A and Twin B, while still in utero!" says Jennifer, mom of 4

"I have been pleasantly surprised and shocked at how independent the preschool teachers make the children – I am finding out that they pour their own water into cups for themselves, put on and take off their jackets, etc. She is doing all these things on her own and then comes home – and here I am doing it for her. Preschool has made me realize it's time to start making her do more for herself." says Janet, mom of 2

And finally, what’s a mom to do with herself when her little prince or princess heads off to preschool to make friends and learn how to learn? Seek out a community of mom friends, of course! MOPS {Mothers of Preschoolers} is for every mother of children ages birth through Kindergarten. Visit http://www.MOPS.org/findagroup to find a group near you and learn more.

Denver-based MOPS International is a non-profit ministry that creates communities to help “Better Moms Make A Better World.” Since 1973, MOPS International has served millions of mothers and families in thousands of local MOPS groups across the U.S. and in 38 countries internationally. MOPS ministries include Classic MOPS, Teen MOPS, Military MOPS, International MOPS and MOMSnext. MOPS is the best in the world at creating authentic communities of growth that invite women into a spiritual relationship.


Elizabeth Sagaser, MOPS International
P: 800.929.1287
press (at) MOPS (dot) org

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