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How to help child adjust to afternoon kindergarten schedule after having AM preschool?

my girls just started afternoon kindergarten after always having am preschool...huge change in schedule, none of us were ready for...it also messes with my boys' schedule (2 & 1 year olds).  am classes were 9-11:30, now we must do 12-2:45...which means open morning and tired cranky afterschool...as well as crazy meal issues...they used to eat breakfast at 8, lunch at 12 or 1 and dinner at 6, with small snacks in between, now, that creates a weird gap in the day for eating, or not eating...the boys napped at 10 or 11 and 2 or 3...now that pick up/drop off time...help please!
In Topics: Back to school, School and Academics, Parenting / Our Family
> 60 days ago

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BarbK
Jul 20, 2010
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Boy you have your hands full!  I give you a lot of credit for raising four very young children.  

Chances are your children will be able to adjust to a new schedule within a few weeks.  However, you might need some help to get them there.  I suggest working on changing it now before the school year starts.  It will probably take some trial and error to find the right mix.  You could probably keep breakfast the same.  Make a lite lunch at 11:00, a snack at 3:00 when the girls get home, and then dinner at 6:00.  As for the boys' nap time, this is when you can use some help.  If possible, try to make arrangements with another parent or relative to pick up the girls from school.  Or at least someone you can contact when the boys go down for an afternoon nap.  If you can have the boys hold off until 3:00, you could pick your girls up yourself and go home to put the boys down.  That would give you time to spend with your girls to find out how their day went before making dinner.

It might seem impossible to make these changes, but you will be fine.  Tired, but fine.  Enjoy this exciting time for you and your girls.

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To help kids adjust to a new situation, you might want to try using a picture book which addresses these issues. Try "Harry the Happy Caterpillar Grows: Helping Children Adjust to Change" by Cindy Jett.
http://www.amazon.com/Harry-Happy-Caterpillar-Grows-Children/dp/0882823167/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1277768061&sr=1-1
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