DD just started preschool this week. Mon-Wed, she was fine, excited to go to school, told me about her day when I picked her up, etc. Last night, she told me at dinner she didn't want to go to school and she wanted to stay home because she missed me. She cried for a little bit, and I told her she couldn't stay home because mommy and daddy are going to work. Prior to preschool, we had a nanny, so DD understands the concept of mommy and daddy leaving for a while to go to work, and then coming back home. This morning, she cried on and off during breakfast, getting dressed, and in the car. I felt so bad dropping her off when she's so sad, but I know it's something she has to get used to. Is there any way we can make this easier for her? How long does it take to get used to preschool?
Also, I think part of the reason for her crankiness is that she is not getting as long of a nap as she is used to. At home, she will nap from 1-3, but at school, they wake her up at 2:15 because I pick her up at 2:30. This schedule will change next week - I will be picking her up at 4, and she will be able to nap as long as she wants.