So, preschool is going better. Sort of. Once Mia gets into her classroom, she's fine, but getting her there is fraught with drama and woe. Most recently, when informed in the morning that it was a preschool day she flat out screamed for a solid half hour. She cried and screamed and cried some more and as I hugged her I could feel her heart pounding in her chest. She cried while I got her dressed, she cried when I told her to get in the car, she cried all the way there, and she howled when it was time to go into the building.
And then, she was fine. She did a puzzle, made a craft, went down the slide, played on the monkey bars, and even ate her snack. She had only good things to say when I picked her up. Except that she also said she doesn't want to go back.
I am at a bit of a loss about what to say to her when she is begging me not to take her to preschool. I have tried reminding her that she has had lots of fun being there. I have tried telling her that it is ok to cry, that I understand, and that she won't always feel the need to cry. I have tried telling her that this is new, and new can be a little scary, and that soon she will get used to it and be happy to go and won't feel this fear and sadness anymore. And she seems to be getting some of that, but she is still screaming.
I dunno. Anybody have any brilliant ideas of what to say to this kid as I am forcing her to do something that causes her to sob?
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