first day for Avery
Avery finally got her first day of school, her first back pack of her own and to use them together on the same day! Yes, it was exciting. I got my first day of three dropoffs, all with a nine o'clock start time. Luckily the schools are all in a nice linear order so all worked out well.
And this is what I found when it was time for pick up. A very tired, uncooperative girl who did not want to leave. If was frustrating and the screaming lasted quite a while after we left the classroom. Why I was unprepared for this, I really do not know. Every one of our girls have been this way, very rarely having a day when they did not want to go. And I was reminded of when Sadie was in preschool and I used the threat of not going to school as a way to get her to listen and cooperate with what needed to happen at the moment.
So when Avery's second day of school came around, we had a plan, she and I. We would say goodbye and she would go to class. Then when pick up time came around, she would put her cubby box away, say goodbye to her teachers and we would walk out the door. And to help with everything, I would bring a snack for her to have once we made it out the door.
That plan worked very well. Sometimes having a plan we are both aware of makes everything easier!