There is no perfect book on how to be a responsible parent. Everything is new to you, but it is not okay to make a mistake because all eyes are on you now. No worries because daycare centers and preschools got your back.
To prepare you and your baby for this next big step, here are a few things you must know as a parent:
Talk to him and prepare him for school. Give him a little scenario on what to expect and what could happen. It can be scary for some kids so talk him out of his possible worries. Make him understand how this is an important thing for him especially to learn new things outside your house. Then, of course, be open to his insight about this to know how he is taking it.
Conquering Separation Anxiety Together
It is perfectly normal to feel a little separation anxiety when leaving your kid at school or the center but they have to learn a little independence no matter what. Independence will help in his growth as a future adult. Maybe on the first few days, you may stay with him until the end of classes then, for the following days, maybe you drop him off at school, and meet him in the afternoon instead of staying for the whole day.
Tiny Responsibilities of a Child
Teaching him how to be responsible is never early, however, do it not in an abrupt manner. For instance, you can start with him being responsible, especially when he is older, for his own things and how he should take care of them. For example, he leaves the house with a box full or crayons and should come back with the same number of crayons.
A Kid is a Kid
The key to learning is happiness. It is easier for him (and basically for anyone) to learn when he enjoys what he is doing. So while practicing the above three, do not also forget that he is still young. A lot is yet to happen and he has the future ahead of him so let him have his youth now because it is only once that he gets to be a child.
Daycare centers are not parents. They are just there to help out. Working together will not only teach a lot about parenthood but will also paint a great future not only for your child but also for everyone because these kids, later on, will rule the world.