12 March 2015
The dreaded school drop off.
Any new kindy mums out there? How is your child adjusting?
My son is doing pretty well. He comes out of the classroom in the afternoon beaming. He chats about his day. He’s doing his reader, and sight words and show and tell prep (seriously Mummy feels like she is back at school) happily. He’s chuffed that he’s learning to read. He’s taken to looking around the room and picking out random words to read, which is amazing and startling for all concerned. Not so chuffed he has to sit with a girl on either side (they just talk about dolls all day, Mum) of him. But on the whole, OK.
But morning drop off? That has been another story. My son disappears and turns into an octopus. A clutching, clinging, tight voiced, ‘please don’t go mum’, octopus. It’s almost impossible to extricate him.
I was given every bit of advice. Stay with him. Leave him, he’ll be fine. And the best of all - toughen up Mum.
I know the drill. I’ve done the talking through what’s going to happen, giving him a special keepsake from me to put in his pocket to touch if he’s feeling sad.
It has to be one of the most awful things, leaving your upset child. I’ve had him run across the school yard after me, literally climbing me, and begging to come with me. Brutal.
In the end, being firm, lots of love and cuddles, and consistency (ahh those old parenting chestnuts) have made all the difference. It’s now Week 7 and we have turned a fairly massive corner.
No more crying, no more clutching. We picked out a special spot to wait for the bell to ring, and a special activity to do while he waits, maybe a ball so he can ask a school mate to play handball with him, or a favourite book he can look at. He’s not always happy to see me go – in fact I think the ‘I’m determined to be brave’ face is almost worse than the crying! But I have to trust he’s OK and as soon as the bell rings or his friends arrive he really is fine.
How has your start to the school year been? Any tips for surviving drop-off?? Here are some road safety tips for 'Drop-off and Pick-up' zones from NSW Transport.
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