How to End Drop Off Drama
Sep25

How to End Drop Off Drama

  By Sabrina Rogers-Anderson My three-year-old twins only recently settled into their new early learning centre after clinging to me and crying at every drop-off for a couple of months. They’ve been going to child care since they were 15 months old, so it wasn’t a brand-new situation. But a series of unexpected events – sickness, holidays and an operation – prevented them from establishing a predictable routine at their new centre that made them feel safe and secure. When we were finally able to send them for their full three days a week without any interruptions, their educators helped me create a smooth drop-off routine. They now wave happily and yell, “Bye, Mum!” as I leave. So, what was the key to drop-off success? There were three main factors that made the process easy. If you apply these with the help of your child care centre’s educational team, you’ll have a stress-free drop-off routine in no time. Prepare your child After three children, I’ve understood that the key to smooth transitions is to prepare your child ahead of time. I used to just chuck my eldest daughter in the car without telling her where we were going or what we were doing, and then I was surprised when she had a tantrum because it wasn’t what she was expecting! For three days before going back to their early learning centre, I told Estelle and Georgina all about the incredible things waiting for them at their centre. I reminded them about the cool spaces to play, adventure-filled outdoor areas, and friendly teachers and friends to play with! They were super-excited by the time we arrived and they settled in immediately. It was so much easier this time around because I was able to provide them with the certainty and predictability they needed to feel safe in a new environment. I hadn’t been able to do that the first time around due to all the unforeseen circumstances, and it had caused them to feel uncertain and insecure. Approach drop-offs confidently Although I usually enter new situations with confidence, I realise now that I wasn’t at my best when I was trying to settle the girls into their centre the first time. I was nervous about Estelle’s operation to have her tonsils and adenoids removed and grommets inserted. I was still trying to settle my big girl into her first year of school. And I was trying to get work done in-between. Eek! When settling in didn’t happen easily, I became stressed about drop-offs and probably projected my feelings onto the girls without realising it. I felt guilty and they could...

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Prawn and Avocado Lettuce Cups
Dec07

Prawn and Avocado Lettuce Cups

Fruit, vegetables, lean protein and healthy fats – the perfect starter to a meal. Ingredients Serves 8 1 large avocado, diced 1 mango, diced 200g cooked, peeled prawns ½ long red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped ½ large lime, zest and juice 1 tsp olive oil ½ tbsp. parsley, finely chopped 8 leaves from iceberg, cos or gem lettuce Method In a bowl combine diced avocado and mango. Chop prawns into small pieces and place into bowl with avocado and mango. Add chilli, juice and zest from the lime, olive oil and parsley and stir to coat. Place lettuce cups on a tray, divide prawn mixture between cups and serve immediately. Time Prep time: 15 Cook time: 0 Notes: Shredded chicken breast could be used as an economical replacement for prawns, or if you have friends or family with a seafood...

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