If anyone knows little C, they would agree that he is “spirited”. Don’t get me wrong, he is an absolute sweetheart, but he wants what he wants when he wants it, and nothing will stand in his way of getting it. I know this is a trait that will only benefit him as an adult, but as a 4 year old, its rough on the parenting front. I really wanted to skip preschool, I loved being home with him and felt that going to play dates was enough interaction for him with other children to help socialize him. However, since I needed to go back to work due to financial issues, I decided to put him in preschool two days a week.
The first day was a little rough, he did in fact cry for me when I was leaving. I didn’t know if it was best if I slip out the door, hug him goodbye and leave with him crying, it was so difficult. His teacher told me I should just kiss him goodbye, let him know I’ll be back in a few hours and leave. Gosh was it tough, I could hear him crying down the hall. I was so worried all day. How is he doing? Is he still crying? Will he bully the other kids? Will he yell at the teacher the same way he yells at me? When it was time to pick him up, just 4 hours after dropping him off I peeked into the classroom. He was playing with one of his classmates at the table. When I walked in he shrieked MOMMY ran over, gave me a hug and then told me “just a minute”. When I told him it was time to go, he started crying again, this time he wanted to STAY! He got his taste of what preschool was all about and loved it!
I can honestly say I have seen a huge difference in little C since starting preschool. He plays better with other children, he no longer bullies his cousin and actually shares. He potty trained which was a huge power struggle and his speech is getting better. There has been no tears since that first day of preschool, just praise and happiness. According to his teacher he is “Mr. Personality” and is the welcome wagon to every child that arrives. When we leave he waves goodbye and tells every child by name, “see you tomorrow Parker”. He loves his teacher and asks for her by name.
Preschool has been a blessing to us. I’m certainly in no rush to put him in 5 days a week, but if I did, I’m sure he would have no complaints!