Thursday, September 16, 2010
Preparing my 'slow to warm up' toddler for Preschool: Part 3
We did it! Colin's first day of school could not have gone better! He was a champ and was not phased in the least by me leaving. All of our hard work paid off!
As soon as he sat for snack I told him I was leaving and asked him what would happen after that, he responded "Mommy will come back" and so I knew he understood. What a huge relief! I was able to walk out without tears or even a "don't go". My timing was perfect. I left and he still had 2 hours left of the day. Since he was doing so well I didn't return until just before pick up time. I wasn't sure how he would react if other parents showed up and I wasn't among them so I tried to be early. Another mom and I spied from outside of viewing range and Colin was happily kicking a small soccer ball with another little girl.
He ran over when he saw me and said "Mommy came back!" gave me a big hug and snuggled for a second and then went back to playing. He did have a small altercation with another boy (I'm not sure what they were discussing but Colin was holding his hand, either away from the car Colin was currently driving or just to hold it I couldn't be sure) the other boy started to cry and then it wasn't long before Colin got upset too. I suspect he thought he was in trouble for making the other boy cry. I let him play for a little longer after he recovered so we could end on a positive note and then took him home for lunch.
n.b. I did not want to put up photos with unfamiliar children's faces clearly visible in them so I had to leave a few out I might have included otherwise. Not everyone has the same comfort zone with the internet so I wanted to err on the side of caution, rather than upset someone.