It’s been six weeks since my daughter Ridha Zaynab took her very first steps into her new classroom at her nursery. That first day will always be a solid memory imprinted on my heart. It was also during that time that I thought Ridha would never like nursery or settle in. I can’t tell you how many times we questioned our decision and thought about pulling her out.
The initial weeks went something like this…
Mondays are the absolute worst. There is a huge gap between Wednesday and the following Monday, therefore Ridha’s gone four very long days without thinking of school. And after a weekend of jam-packed activities, all our efforts to make it to bed early have failed and I am reluctantly forced to wake her up at 8:00 am to protests and whining. But the worst part comes when I have to break the news, as gently as possible, that today is in fact Monday, and that means you have school. The news hits her with such pain, her body tenses up and the tears don’t stop.
Every morning begins the same way. But the afternoons, when I pick her up, that’s when it all changed.
Everyday when I pick her up, it usually goes like this…
I arrive at the school and walk over stealthily to her classroom with the hope of not being seen so that I can catch a small glimpse of her in her own element, in her own space. It isn’t until she sees me that she lets it all out, the tears start flowing again and I embrace her while her teacher is telling me she’s been doing just fine [before I arrived].
And then one fine day, the tears didn’t immediately gush out upon seeing me. It became an attempt to cry, but came out more like a whine and then after failing to cry, she just gave up on it entirely. And soon enough, I was greeted with a half smile, and excited retellings of the happenings of the day.
We aren’t completely there yet. But at least we are taking steps in the right direction. And just like Ridha breathes out a sigh of relief when I pick her up, I also breathe a sigh of relief that finally my little flower is starting to settle in at nursery.
How long did it take your child(ren) to finally settle in at nursery/school?
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