It's been an emotionally trying week here for my newly-minted Kindergartener.
"I don't want to be away from Mommy." "I miss Mommy." These are his mantras. And I acknowledge that he is having a difficult time and is sad. It's a huge transition, for sure, especially that our kindergarten is full-day AND he's riding the bus to school (the bus literally picks up outside our door, it's only a 10 minute ride, and driving him there would be challenging given our one car situation).
Truthfully, I know it probably wouldn't have worked. He's always been emotionally dependent on his parents, especially me. Chris and I often remark that even since birth, Soren has viewed us as his security blankets. He was never one to take a pacifier, lovey, thumb, or any other kind of self-soothing technique. We are his comfort, and it's no surprise that he's having trouble adjusting to full days without us.
Soren is the kind of child whom I'd characterize as intense. He lives his emotions to the highest level--when he's happy, he's over-the-top elated, when he's angry, oh boy watch out. So I know this is normal for him to have such an extreme reaction to kindergarten. I'm just hoping that he's at least enjoying some parts of school and making new friends.
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to suck my thumb and curl into a ball myself. Or at least have one more comforting cup of coffee.