rough weather in stay-at-home-dad land

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rough weather in stay-at-home-dad land


Today is a school day and I dropped my daughter off with another screaming fit. This time she actually attached on to me and I had to pry her off. It was terrible. It has been a little over a month since she started and she seems to want to go less and less. How long will this last? Surely it gets better, right? What if my daughter just doesn’t like school? I am not sure how to make her more comfortable and to help her embrace her new routine. I usually feel pretty good at this staying home with the kids thing, but this one has me stumped. I know I shouldn’t give in, but there are days when i just want her to be happy and go to the park and play with us. My son, at 17 months, was even crying as we left after seeing her so upset.

It was another rough morning.


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  1. Sir,
    I would suggest finding someone to watch your 17 month old and then go to school with your little girl for a couple hours and see what it’s all about, be involved. Turn it into a game with her, ask her to show you where she sits, where she hangs her coat stuff like that, Stay through recess so you can see that element as well.
    You also might ask her is somebody mean to you? More than likely it’s not a deep rooted problem, just give it some thought, maybe a classmate is taking her pencil. Or she got a talking to by the teacher for doing something she new better to do.

    Here’s what it was when out of the blue my kid didn’t want to go to his class one day that turned into a week; he got his yellow card taken away for not helping pick some books up by Ms. Sarah, and that upset him to the point where he was ready to throw in the towel.

    Good luck…

  2. Thanks for the comment. I stayed with my daughter for a few minutes while my 17 month old played with some blocks. We made a big deal out of the walk to school and are going to see how many more leaves are on the ground every time we go, so I am trying to create some excitement. I chatted with her teacher for a minute, and it wasn’t perfect, but it was better.

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