Maybe I am a sucker. Maybe I care too much. Maybe I am OVERLY-concerned. Isaac began preschool on Monday; I left him there, perfectly happy, no problem. THEN yesterday and again today, he had to be peeled from my body and forced to stay as I left. OF COURSE, he calms down eventually and does well (so I am told) but this doesn't lighten the load in my heart.
I have always felt that forcing situations upon a child is a bit degrading. Do you know what I mean? Like forcing them to eat EVERY bite on their plate. Or forcing them to do a sport that they wish to quit. Or forcing them to be someone they aren't. I feel that if it isn't life-threatening, and you have done all you can to encourage, support and try to remedy the situation and it STILL isn't working, then possibly the child should get their way. I am still in the 'encourage, support, remedy' phase, so hopefully all will work out. But, until then, the mojo has moved on. I worry for three hours I could be working. I don't know what I should do.
If you would like to share a comment or suggestion, please do so! I am looking for ANY tips out there from moms who have had their kids in preschool situations similar to this one. (If you know Isaac, he has a speaking/communication development problem, so getting him to talk about what is bothering him is kind of not an option at this point.) SO, should I bribe? Should I threaten? Should I give him a week? A month?
Don't let that look deceive you. He isn't that innocent, believe me.