Many moms will be saying good-bye to their babies this summer as they send them off to Kindergarten. Are you ready for the big send-off? Here we help moms prepare themselves for sending their babies to school.

Remember: It's only Kindergarten

Kindergarten is a big step for kids. But moms need to keep in mind that Kindergarten is a small step in the grand scheme. Yes, this is your child's first big segue into full-time school, but he will also be coming home every day at 3:00 p.m. He's not gone forever.

Help her soar

Instead of wallowing in your tears, focus your attention on getting your child ready for her big day! Take a tour of her new school, meet the principal and her teacher(s) and participate in any activities or meetings that are scheduled to occur with her new school before class actually begins in August. This will go a long way in helping her adjust, as well as helping you adjust to the new schedule.

Don't let your child see you melt down

Save the sobs for after you drop your child off at school. Give him lots of hugs and kisses, let him know how proud you are of your big man and then speed off before he can see the streams of tears pouring down your face. Okay, we're exaggerating… a little. But really, you don't want your child to get confused by seeing you cry on his first day of school. He may equate it with something bad or scary. So put on a brave face and smile when you say good-bye to your child. Then bring a box of tissues for the drive home!

Share in her success

Be the first face she sees when she gets out of class. Welcome her with open arms and ask her all about her day. Whether it's the first day of school or the last, help your child share their joys, fears and excitement of school with you.

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Laura Willard August 27, 2012
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Great advice! I read this shortly before I took my oldest to Kindergarten this morning. I was so proud of myself for not falling apart in front of him. I saved that for the barista when I stopped for a latte after. ;)