1/17/2013

A Big Week

A big week for Callum this week - it was his first week at pre-school nursery! Although it is technically at "school" it's basically a playgroup where you leave them for a couple of hours a day to play, paint, draw etc.  Bliss - for me. Callum on the other hand, screamed the place down when I tried to leave.  There was a LOT of crying going on. I know you are just meant to walk out and leave them to it, and I did after a while, but it breaks my heart when he is crying for me and I'm leaving him. I know it is probably for the best - he will have to learn to be without me at some time - but it is so hard, on both of us. It must be scary to a young child when you leave them in a strange place!  You do start to question whether you are doing the right thing - or maybe that's just me.  Has anyone other moms experienced this yet?

I didn't actually take my DSLR to witness his first day at "School".  As much as I love it it is far to cumbersome and I wanted to concentrate on Callum and not be worried about my camera getting in the way.   I did take a couple of snaps on my DSLR as we left.....








And then I tried to take a few with my iPhone.....


Waving Hello to the School (before he realised just exactly was about to happen...)






And the last moment of peace before all hell broke loose....



And now the only way to get him to school is to take him like this - sheer bribery.


(I know the cameras on the iPhone's are meant to be great, and I've seen people get really decent photographs out of them - I'm not one of them! So apologies for the poor snaps!)

I think we had a bit of a breakthrough today - there were no tears, just a bit of a lip wobble, so I'm hoping we are by the worst.  Cross fingers and toes for me! (And if you other moms have any tips or tricks to make this easier, please share!)


2 comments:

Currence said...

Our oldest son went to school without ever looking back at us. So it was a shock when kid # 2 clung to my leg desperately crying. I was very sympathetic for a couple of days until he got used to his teacher. After that, I would remind him of all the fun things he was going to do and passed him to the teacher and left. I cried all the way home but did not let him see any emotions that did not exude "I just love your school, wish I got to do such cool stuff". The teacher told me that he would stop crying after a few moments as soon as he found something interesting to do and it was easier for her to calm him down once I had left. He did manage to keep this up for about 3 months and then going back after vacations he regressed for a couple of days but he is now a happy Kindergartner who just loves to learn. I think it really is worse for us than it is for the kids - and it sure was tough at the time. FIrst day of Kindergarten was no picnic either but we both have made it through to the other side.

Audrey said...

Hi Currence - I'm hoping we have turned a corner last week but I think he'll get a shock when he has to go back on Monday! It is hard isn't it - as you say, probably more for us - I'm imagining him pining for me but by that time he has maybe got himself stuck into play! Here'shoping we make it through next week! Thank you so much for taking the time to respond - it's nice to know I'm not alone!

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