Here are a few of my tips...
(1) Prepare to show up as your most confident self. How do you feel your most confident? For me blowdrying my hair can make a world of difference! Also, for me, taking time to eat breakfast helps. When you have to tackle a transition, being your most confident self will take you far!
(2) Build in some special time before and after daycare with your little one. You can carry those special moments throughout the day with you, and look forward to the end of the day together.
(3) Give yourself permission to feel. Try writing yourself a permission slip, like the many you will write for your children in the coming years. What permission do you need to give yourself to make it through drop off? What about the work day? Write it down on a scrap of paper, post-it note, or back of a receipt and put it in your pocket. When those emotions surface during the day, pull it out and remind yourself. An example? " I give myself permission to cry today." or "I give myself permission to drop off at daycare today and walk away."
(4) Plan a celebration for the end of the first day of daycare, or the end of your first work week with daycare. Research shows us the anticipation of an event is even more powerful vs. actually living it. Plan that time you have next weekend now, so you can begin thinking about those great times you will have with your family.
What are your tips for managing that first daycare drop off?