Most toddlers cry on their first day of school. They are terrified by their new environment. Why do they feel this way? What can we do? One of the first things that have worked out for most parents with clingy toddlers is taking their kids to the school they will be attending way before the first day of school. You can take your child a few times and walk through the halls, visit the cafeteria, check out the bathrooms, and meet future teachers. Many parents don’t do this because this experience it’s actually more terrifying for them than for their little ones. They simply don’t want to let them go. You have to show confidence and independence. Believe me; your child will imitate you. Make nice comments about the school. Take your time to research which school is better for your child. Besides checking reviews online, visit the school in person. If you had a terrifying first day of school like me when you were a child, chances are these it won’t be that much fun. Memories will creep in. It doesn’t have to be like that for your child. Try making his/her first day of school very special. Promise your child a big treat if he/she behave well on their first day. You can do a chart. On the first day, your toddler gets a treat for behaving well and being respectful of teachers and classmates. On the second day your child will tell you the name of one of his/her classmates he/she became friends with. On the third day, your child will bring extra snack and share it with someone who doesn’t have. On the fourth your toddler will tell you something very special they have learn, and on the fifth day your child will just draw a happy or sad face at the end of the chart letting you know if they are happy or sad in school. Have some patience; things might not be that easy at first. Don’t interrogate your child. Give him time and space, and ask him/her one thing each day.