Kindergarten is still half day where we live, and GiGi goes in the afternoon. She goes to a church school across the street from the elementary in the mornings, and they bus her over to kinder. I wanted her to become familiar with the process, so I decided to let her ride the bus, and I waited at the school for the bus to arrive. I was standing just inside the door so she couldn't see me. I wanted her to be able to get off the bus and get inside by herself. It took forever for the bus doors to open. I started to think there may be a problem, and sure enough, when the doors finally opened, there was GiGi with her head down and big tears rolling down her cheeks. By the time she made it to me at the doorway, she was hsyterical. I did manage to calm her down a little and I walked her to her classroom and got her settled. I was a wreck all day. I left work early to pick her up and when I got there, she was sitting in the after care teacher's lap. She immediately started crying again, and she cried almost all evening. I put her to bed early thinking she was probably worn out from the exhausting day. I was hoping she would wake up excited to try again today, but we had lots more tears this morning. Now I am sitting at work debating whether or not to meet the bus again today. The school does not like for parents to linger after the 2nd day. They want the kindergartners to learn to be independent. Should I go, or should I stay at work worrying? Am I enabling her by meeting the bus, or making her feel safe and secure? This parenting STUFF is hard!
Hoping next week brings my Happy Go Lucky Girl back!!!
P.S. GTO did great and enjoyed his first day. Apparently, I was worried about the wrong child!