I was reminiscing about my children’s first day of school. Specifically David & Phillise. When I took David to his first day of school, I neglected to tell him that it was a continuous thing. You know, that he had to go back day after day. He was so happy when I picked him up the first day of school. The problem the next day when I informed him that he was going to school.
“But I went yesterday,” he said.
Silly me. I didn’t think to tell him that. I had a similar experience when Phillise started her first day of school. When David started Pre-K, he only attended for 3 hours. That was okay because I wasn’t working then. However, by the time I had Phillise, I’d purchased a house & needed to work. So Phillise was at school all day @ an Early Education Center.
Here’s her story: My daughter is usually a very quiet child but when the teacher tried to get her to go to sleep, she screamed Bloody Murder! The teacher tried to explain to her that she was not going to stay there; that she was only taking a nap. Try explaining that to a 3-year old! Ms. Phillise simply would not hear anything about taking a nap. She fought tooth & nail. The teacher relented & let her stay up until she fell asleep from sheer exhaustion.
I did not think to tell her that she was going to take a nap since she was going to be there most of the day. Since my children are “odd thinkers” like me, I should have known to tell her that. But, alas I didn’t. This may sound silly to you, but unless you want to go through what I went through, you need to be very specific with information you relay to your small children regarding their school situation. Don’t forget to tell them:
- they may have to sleep there, but that you’re not abandoning them,
- this is only the first of many steps in their education,
- they may not like it,
- they’ll make new friends but not everyone will be their friend.