A proud little girl, ready for her first day of school
Today was Nieve's first day in daycare, and like Ronan's first day two years ago it was a bit of a bumpy transition. She was fine during the drop off, exploring the space and getting to know her fellow classmates. But, according to her teachers, once she realized she was no longer in the company of adults whom she knew Nieve started acting out a bit more and requiring some focused attention.
Just a touch of attitude can help make transitions easier
Every child handles new situations differently; here are a few things Nieve decided to do, in protest of the transition:
- Not nap. Granted she was only at school for a few hours (Grammy picked her up early) but even
- Hunger strike. Nieve loves salmon, the dish served for lunch, but she refused to eat in her classroom. She even refused to eat in Grammy's car leaving the facility
- Assert her frustration on her classmates. If she wanted a toy, she would simply go get it, even if that toy was in the hands of a classmate. It turned out that all of the toys Nieve wanted just happened to be in the hands of her classmates. This kept the teachers very busy!
Fortunately for Nieve she has a very sweet older brother attending the same school - he remembered that it was her first day and left his class to go visit her. This seemed to really brighten her spirits - by the time Grammy arrived for pickup no Nieve tears were evident. It really was of his own doing - both Mom and I are quite proud of both of our little ones for managing the day as best as they could. And hopefully tomorrow the new surroundings seem more comfortable to Nieve!