I Thought We Were Done With Separation!

Ahh, the two week mark at nursery school.  This is often the time that many children (even those who seemed to transition easily into nursery school) start showing some hesitation.  The novelty is starting to wear off and they begin to wonder “Wait, I have to keep going?!”  Stay calm, this is just a phase and it will pass!  Here’s the trick…keep moving forward! No matter what they say; ” I dont wanna go,” “I’m not getting dressed,” “I hate school.”  Keep moving forward.  Reflect their feelings, tell them you hear that they are saying they don’t wanna go.  If need be bring them in pajamas.  Just keep moving forward. Communication is also essential here.  Let your teachers know that your children are feeling hesitation.  Talk to the teachers about the plan for saying goodbye and stay consistent with it.   It’s important to remember to keep the same confident, positive attitude about school that you had during the “phase-in” process.  Keep moving forward and both you and your children will pass through this phase unscathed!

3 thoughts on “I Thought We Were Done With Separation!

  1. How timely!
    My little one was running into school, then week number three, Monday, tears at good bye. I know to keep strong and continue on but it’s hard to leave them for 5.5 hours in tears.
    Hopefully it’s “just a stage” like everything else seems to be!
    Thank you Dana

  2. 5.5 hours is a long time for your child to be in tears. I’d recommend checking in with the teacher to find out whether the tears are on and off or consistent. Together, you and the teachers, can make a plan to help support you and your child through this transition! Be well-Dana

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