The first day back
My daughter was insistent she was going to spend the day in bed. Was she ill? No. Was she worried? Yes. It was almost like starting a new school year after such long time away and not seeing anyone to boot.
I didn’t push and get all ‘you must’ or ‘if you don’t then..’ I was calm and explained it was not an option to not go into school, that if it was really bad, they could call me and explained that it being the first day back, it was important so she knew what all the rules were.
‘I am only going in if I can take in our cat’ was the comeback. Clearly this was not possible. I explained why. We settled on taking something else in that would make her feel at ease, that wouldn’t need food, water, to wee etc 🙂
The best part was the end of the day when I went to pick up my daughter. Not only had my daughter had a brilliant day, she was in the best mood I have seen her in some time.
I asked her what she had done:
She told me she had done some learning, been praised for her maths, played, chatted with friends, had lunch under a tree outside and washed her hands ‘after every activity.’ It went well and I hope it is the same for all other children back to school across the country.
A big thank you to all her teachers.
You may still not be keen to send your child back to primary school. Or maybe you had to, but reluctantly? Whatever your circumstances, I’d love to hear from you.