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    No more daycare tears

    Today is the second day in a row that G has let me leave daycare without crying for me doing so.

    Don’t get me wrong, he really likes daycare. He doesn’t cry because I’m leaving him there. He cries because he wants me to stay and play with him all day. Now, as much as I would like to spend my day finger-painting, being read to, fed snacks and milk, and nap for 2 hours in the middle of the day, someone’s gotta go make the doughnuts. Plus we’ve grown quite accustomed to sleeping inside of a weather-shielding structure.

    Until now, when it was time to leave I had to sneak out, hopefully unobserved, so that G wouldn’t cry. I had 3 escape routes, and tried to mix them up as best I can. If S and I ever did drop off together, we also has an exit strategy. Over time G’s gotten pretty smart to all of them, so departure met with various success rates. I felt like each day I was making a prison break, that involved the daycare instructors as my accomplices. There were maps, and secret hand gestures involved. Believe me.

    BUT… yesterday and today, I decided to try the “preschool” parent departure approach. It goes something like this: “G would you like to push me out the door?” Wouldn’t you know it? Yesterday, he did. G escorted me all the way to the door; I opened it; he pushed on my rear; out I went and closed the door as he ran back of to kick a ball, eat a piece of waffle, or whatever it is he does. No tears.

    Today? Same thing. I don’t know if this is a temporary event, or our new departure routine, but I like it.

    More of this, please!

    One response to “No more daycare tears”

    1. Yay! I was looking for a post confirming G is in daycare because I was hoping some of the moms who had later MMR shots had LOs in daycare and not all at home. Haha. P.S. – Toodle does the same thing at daycare, he doesn’t mind being there, but if I linger too long, he thinks I’m staying to play with him and keeps holding my hand and trying to get me to come with him to the tables and cries.

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