Motherhood, Toddler

Nursery: Six Weeks Later

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. Β 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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13 thoughts on “Nursery: Six Weeks Later”

  1. Oh what a relief to see the transformation. It is possibly the worst feeling leaving them somewhere that they really don’t want to be but it really does sound like she’s having a great time. #twinklytuesday

  2. Oh god it’s a long time since I was doing nursery drop offs but I remember the guilt of leaving a sobbing child and then only days later of leaving a child who hardly noticed I hadn’t already left… He was off with his mates before I got my goodbye hug…. Next week he’s 20!!!

    1. I love hearing from experienced moms. When you look back on it, does it feel any less emotional? I’m sure you were freaking out with mum guilt, like I am. But 17 years or so later, how does it feel? Thanks for reading πŸ™‚

  3. Oh, the settling in process is just so hard. My eldest started nursery at aged 1 and was absolutely fine. And then as he got older and realised mumma was leaving him, it all got worse. Sometimes it would be fab and then suddenly the attachment kicked back in again. Nothing worse than leaving a crying child! They all get there in the end though! Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

  4. Ahhh, bless you both, it’s a massive adjustment I’m sure. You are doing such a great job at supporting her through it all though, I hope things keep getting better and that she settles in really soon. Thank you so much for joining in with the #HoneybeeLinky lovely, see you at the next one I hope! xxx

  5. #thesatsesh J started 3 days a week from 6mnths old, so we never had tears as he knew no different….mummy cried inside from the first day and still gets upset now he is in school? Perhaps the teacher should hug me lol

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