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It was one of the hardest times for me because my son was starting nursery and it was going to be a long separation as he was going to attend full time.. on his first day I stayed with him no way would I have left him crying helpless and scared of the new environment he didn’t know anyone and wouldn’t talk to anyone. he is really attached to me so I knew that separating from him will hard.. first day 1 hour went quick he only played with me. he attended 1 hour for few days and still wasn’t settling he was throwing tantrums and crying as he refused to go nursery he just wanted to stay at home with me and didn’t understand why he had to go nursery even though I was explaining to him he refused to understand. after starting to go 2 hours I left him even though it broke my heart and it was so hard seeing him cry and beg for me I left him I was crying too. it was such a bad experience. when I had returned I watched him from the door he was playing alone but wasn’t crying he seemed happy but soon as he sow me he started crying. I kept explaining to him that he has to go and he has no choice, I did refuse and didn’t want to leave me but I new that for him to get used to nursery I had to leave him. after 2 weeks he stopped crying but his eyes still filled with tears when saying goodbye. but I managed to ignore it. and after 1 month of attending nursery his happy and started making friends. Nursery was a big change in his life especially as he doesn’t speak English.


Posted anonymously, 10th October 2015


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  • I’m dreading this day myself – mixed emotions – hard that they get distressed but also upsetting if they don’t seem fazed you are gone hehe

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  • yes it is a big transition for littlies! i agree with taking it slowly and getting them used to it and they will love it!

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  • It’s always hard when their off to kinder, school or child care. My son was the same and it took him a good 2 months to settle into kinder but now that his at school he can’t get rid of me fast enough.

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  • That would have been so hard! I had a similar experience on my sons first day of kindy. Every day for a long time (seemed like an eternity!) I left him crying. It was devastating! But he stopped, he had an excellent teacher who was very good at encouraging him, she made him her helper for a while :) My daughter was the total opposite. She ran ahead of me, she wanted to take the bus, she didn’t want me to stay. A very different experience but just as upsetting. One didn’t want me to leave him, the other didn’t want me to stay!

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  • It’s very hard, but it will be a good thing in the long run.

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  • Glad to hear he is getting used of it. Such a big change for our little ones.

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  • The big changes can be tough but good when they work out.

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  • It’s always hard to leave our babies. So glad he settled for you.

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  • It is always hard and it can be tough for quite a while. Glad your child is making friends. It can be an emotional roller coaster for all at times.

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  • That is so tough, I’m glad it all worked out in the end. Thank you for sharing your story

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