Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Crying Game.

As some of you may know my daughter started Kindergarten this week, and boy has it been a mission already! She has been crying every single day I've gone to pick her up! It's unbelievable! You would have thought placing her in Pre-K last year would have helped her separation anxiety, but I guess that's not the case. Last year she only cried one day mind you, and then she was fine. This time she has cried every afternoon from what the teachers have told me.

I've tried comforting and reassuring her that it's fine. I've tried explaining to her over and over (and over) again that I will always be there to pick her up, but she still ends up having a breakdown at school. I don't know what to do! I know it takes time to adjust and I understand that this school is 10x's bigger than her last school, but I don't get why 4 days in and she's still crying! She just tells me that she missed me, or wanted to go home, or didn't know what was going on. Ugh. I want her to be OK, but I also want her to put her big girl panties on!

I have no idea what to do. I told her today that if I picked her up and she wasn't crying that I would take her for some ice-cream. I don't care if you call that bribing, or if you think that I'm rewarding her from something she should be doing anyway. I'm just trying to find a way for her to cope, and finally find it in her to get over this fear that she has.

And if ice-cream helps, so be it.

Has this happen to you? What did you do?

UPDATE: The bribery worked!!!!!!!!!! She didn't cry at school all day (at least from what she told me) and she wasn't crying when I went to pick her up, even when they changed their dismissal location because of the rain!! So guess who got to go get some ice-cream?

I'm so happy!! Ice cream works people. lol
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