Off to School: Week Three
After speaking with some friends, we decided to approach this week in a different way. I would not bring up school unless she asked about it. My response to her concerns about school was simply this: school is a safe place to be and I will come pick you up when school is over.
As soon as she saw her little lunch box, she became the most upset I have ever seen her. Seriously, I asked myself why are we doing this? I remembered that we are having a baby in a few months and it will be important to establish this routine for Harper before it happens.
The drive to school was long and tearful and by the time we got to her classroom, she was a ball of nerves. I spoke again to her sweet teacher, who informed me that another teacher was coming in to help with a few of the "criers" and that it is important to stick with it for at least four weeks in a row. After that, if things are still the same, we can reconsider.
Her day went better and she is getting used to the routine of the school. Change is hard for this little one. Changes like switching out of the crib, travel, getting rid of her pacifier (still haven't gotten there yet), new shoes (!) are all very hard for her. So, I am trying to remember this as we prepare for the biggest change in her little life when she becomes a big sister.
I'm wondering, what are some things that you did to prepare your child for a new baby? I would love to know.