How to help your little one adjust to going to school
School anxiety is a hard thing to get through, for both the child and the parent. With my son it was easy. He was running in the door and barely telling me goodbye in his excitement to get to his friends and start his day. I remember once upon a time thinking that was just as hard on me as the tearful kiddo’s were on their moms. I felt like he just didn’t need me anymore, and I felt sad. Now I know that those tears are much harder than the flippant wave goodbye. Those tears are gut wrenching, they are heartbreaking, and they reverberate in your ears as you walk away.
I kept thinking that first week that if I was feeling so empty, alone and sad-how was she feeling? I could see her in my mind, that little hiccup she does when she gets so upset, her thumb stuck defiantly in her mouth, her bright eyes watering with brave tears. I knew she would be refusing to talk to anyone, doing what she was told to do without ever saying a word. The second week, I thought things were getting better. She didn’t even cry the last day! But then the next week came, and we were back to square one.
Even at home she seems different. If the mention of school gets brought up, she starts to stress out a bit. She clings to me quite a bit. She wants to be held a lot, if I open the door to go get the mail she won’t let me go without her. She cries more, sucks her thumb, and calls me mama instead of mommy. It breaks my heart to see her so upset. It has taken some trial and error, but I have found a few things that seem to be working quite well for her.
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