September 25, 2008

School's Out?

We're in the middle of a "don't want to go to preschool today" standoff this morning, so posting might be a little light.

has this ever happened to anyone in the history of preschool?

[update: aha, maybe she can't go because she has to help rescue the economy.]


Everyone deserves a mental health day now and then. We've done this for our k1...with the understanding that it's a special day and the regular schedule will resume tomorrow.

We usually have a "don't want to go home" standoff at the end of the day.

i'm sure she's qualified.

We're having the "I don't want to go to preschool" battle here too. Even on days the 4 year old doesn't go to preschool. "I never want to go to school again." Of course, we had baby #3 2 weeks ago, on the second day of preschool, so I am guessing it is all connected. No forecast on when it will end.

We had three strategies that worked.
1. Show and Tell; let her pick whatever toy is the most important right now along to school
2. Treat Day; stop by the grocery store to get juice pops, popcorn, some resonably healthy treat to bring for the whole class
3. Dress-up Day; wear whatever costume is the current favorite

One of these usually worked and avoided screaming and crying...but not always.

When my son would say "I don't want to go to preschool!" I'd have him say it 10 times, with me counting. Then I'd say, "I don't want to go to work" 10 times. Then I'd say, "but I guess we both have to, huh?" That became a silly routine of ours, but it helped.

Sometimes I'd also complain that I didn't want to go to work, and ask if we could trade - I'd go to preschool, play with toys, play on the playground, have snack,... and he'd say "No, you can't! I go to preschool, you have to go to work!"

Of course, what I really envied him for were the naps. Sigh.

interestingly enough, the biggest freakout point seems to be rest time

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