Hot Chocolate & Other Treats

23rd October 2016


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.

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  • Reply Laura - dear bear and beany 23rd October 2016 at 5:16 pm

    My daughter started reception in September and thankfully we’ve not had any wobbles yet. I’m hoping that half term doesn’t affect this. She has a Keyring on her bag, they all love it! X #schooldays

    • Reply Sian 24th October 2016 at 7:48 am

      Ah that is good to hear – she’s in the in crowd with her keyring!

  • Reply Kerri-Ann 23rd October 2016 at 9:54 pm

    Looks like a lovely morning. I love how her finger is literally just about to dip in. Beautiful photos #livingarrows

    • Reply Sian 24th October 2016 at 7:47 am

      Yes I think the froth on top was too inviting!

  • Reply Sarah 23rd October 2016 at 10:12 pm

    Oh bless her – I’m glad she has been feeling better about school for the last week, hopefully a rest over half term will do her good. #LivingArrows
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    • Reply Sian 24th October 2016 at 7:47 am

      I hope so – we are all looking forward to a rest!

  • Reply Donna 24th October 2016 at 9:24 am

    It sounds like just the day out you needed. I really need to do one on one things like this with Athena more often x
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    • Reply Sian 24th October 2016 at 9:45 am

      We do 1-1 stuff quite a bit with each of them. Though they adore each other’s company too!

  • Reply Five little doves 24th October 2016 at 11:08 am

    My daughter started school this time and she HATES it! We’ve had a horrific first half term but I’m hoping she settles a little better when we return. For now I’m just enjoying half term! Hope you do too! #MMBC

  • Reply Emma T 25th October 2016 at 10:59 pm

    Beautiful photo of her. Love that she’s having lunch in her tutu! The teachers giving her some coping mechanisms sounds great, and hopefully that last good week will help ease her back in after a break.

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  • Reply Esther @ Inside Out & About 25th October 2016 at 11:26 pm

    My son has just started reception, so I loved reading this. He had a few wobbles the last week of half term and is so pleased to be off this week. It’s such a big change for them isn’t it? I adore the name Seren. So beautiful and I love the photo you have taken x #LivingArrows

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