7:40am – I load up the car with my work things along with putting the Kid into his car seat.
7:42am – The Kid points out all the fire trucks at the fire station.
7:43am – The Kid screams “BUS!” as a school bus drives by.
7:45am – I pull in to the day-care parking lot and suddenly the Kid starts to cry.
7:46am – The Kid wants me to hold him all the way into day-care.
7:47am – Walking into the Kids day-care room he doesn’t let me go from his hug.
7:48am – His teacher picks him up crying from me walking out of the day-care.
Parents can relate to this. I’m sure many of them find it amazing that I have it down to 8 minutes.
Hearing the Kid cry on his way into daycare is not the way that I want to send him in. We recently changed our day care provider and I know that it is because he does not have many friends and is not familiar with the teachers.
It is even more difficult for me because for the last 8 months I have not had to drop him off at day care. I forgot how difficult this process is. I enjoy every minute I spend with the Kid. With the exception of now, teething, yet again. I thought we were done with that process, but we weren’t.
As I pull away from the day care knowing that my son is crying in the room, I can not help but think that going back, picking him up, taking the day off work and spending it with my son would be a better option than working the day away.
I wish that there was a way that I could tell my son that dropping him off is almost as difficult on me as it is him. I think about him as I am driving to work, almost forgetting about the sports radio that is on in the car. It is so difficult to get my mind of my son as he cries when I leave him. I hate to leave him like that. I know that he thinks we are leaving him but he does not know that we are not, we will be back at 5pm to pick him up.
How difficult is it for you to leave your child at day care? Do you have a strategy that helps?