After a really positive start to Reception, Seren had a bit of a wobble the week before last. She decided she didn’t like it anymore and didn’t want to go. She would come home in the afternoon in a good mood but that would soon change to her becoming anxious about the next day. I think there were a few things going on – she was shattered, the reality of going to school every day was kicking in and there was a thing where she was becoming upset in the dining hall as she found it overwhelming.
I promised her a Saturday morning trip to town for hot chocolate after ballet (which turned into lunch) at the lovely Library Cafe and also to buy a couple of treats. I’ve noticed that loads of primary school kids hang keyrings on the zips of their bags so we went to buy one for her bag, as well as a holder for her new Oyster card. Now she’s 5 she gets to have her own Oyster card and she is so excited about using it!
During our visit we bumped into two school friends from her class which was helpful I too I think.
Fortunately, she’s been much happier at school this past week, so we ended the half term on a high. The teachers have been really good at reassuring her and we’ve talked about ways to calm down such as counting, focusing on breathing, thinking of something nice, singing a song in her head or finding something to focus on in the dining hall. She says she’s been thinking of the yummy lunch food! It was heart wrenching to see her being so sad, but I guess learning to overcome these little obstacles is a valuable lesson.