Elizabeth Baron, is a New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor and psychotherapist, who has a primary focus on maternal mental health. "I am passionate about the transition into and through motherhood-- from the preconception stage and pregnancy, through early childhood development and parenting", says Elizabeth. 

We sat down with Elizabeth to understand the transition of sending your little one to school for the very first time! Here's what Elizabeth shared with us... ​

"Attending daycare or school for the very first time is a massive transition. Separation is a monumental milestone for both parent and child. Don’t underestimate this shift for your kids, and YOU! 

Here are some tips that can help.

The start of daycare or school will take time to get comfortable with, like any other change or transition. Be patient and kind to yourself and to your child. Connect through the discomfort rather than engaging in the shame spiral about what it means that you both are having a hard time. Of course you're having a hard time! IT'S NEW!

Lastly, in times of change, it’s actually adaptive for children to struggle - they are looking for safety. This can take time to build! KNOW THIS! Validate this so your children can learn they can be safe in new environments. Explain to your children why  we go to school or daycare. No matter how young your child is, begin to share information through explanation. They deserve to know and eventually appreciate more information than less.

Sending your child to school or daycare is one of many firsts you will be experiencing with your children, so try to enjoy this special milestone on your parenting journey.