This day was filled with tons of emotions for me. I was mostly anxious because I was expecting to have to drag my screaming daughter down the street and onto the bus. My mind kept filling with questions such as, "Why is my Child the only one who hates school?" I desperately wanted it to go well for HER. Lots of prayers and blessings in preparation for this day. I knew that we needed to be very READY with everything in order. I made sure that the house was perfectly clean, that her new clothes (that she COULD NOT wait to wear) were hanging nicely from the end of her bed, her backpack was packed and ready to go. We had a yummy breakfast...BLUE waffles (anything to get a smile!) and we spent the morning snuggling and keeping the atmosphere at LOW stress. She took a nice, long, warm shower and was so excited that I let her blow dry her own hair. I was still praying for a miracle...for my daughter to NOT cry when the bus arrived.
I debated on driving her...but thought that putting her on the bus screaming would be better than putting her in her class screaming. The Principal at her school asked us to NOT drive our children to school on the first day (sad...) which just pushed me to letting her ride the bus.
She has afternoon Kindergarten which at first I thought was AWFUL. John quickly reminded me that we have a little girl who likes to stay in her PJ's as long as possible and MUST eat breakfast before she gets dressed for the day. She loves to watch morning cartoons and does not do well with being pushed out the door...or being rushed getting ready. I am so glad that we have the morning to relax, hang out, and get her ready SLOWLY!
So you may be thinking....What is the big deal?....and Why in the world are you so worried about this-she'll be fine! Let me remind you of the HORRIBLE experience we had last year with her attending Preschool and JUST HOW MUCH SHE HATED IT! She cried all year long and it killed me everyday. We finally pulled her out early (April instead of June) because it was breaking my heart and because it was only preschool and WE COULD! Kindergarten is necessary and she NEEDS to be there.
The good news is that she doesn't have to take a nap or eat lunch there which are big pluses for her.
She is ALWAYS happy when she gets off of the bus and today was no different. This is her friend Kali (1st grader) who she adores...and was so glad that she was able to ride the bus home with her.
Yesterday John brought her to the bus stop and said that he had to put her on the bus and the bus driver had to help him. Today was not bad...she was crying but got on herself. Her bus driver is a little stern and I think that she would rather do it herself than have the bus driver help her.
The good news is that she likes school....a lot. She says great things about it so I think that she'll soon stop complaining about getting on the bus ( I hope).