Posted by: Worried | 2004/01/12


New creche

My son is 2 years 2 months old. He started going to a new creche, was at a day mother before, last Monday. However, this morning again, he starts screaming like mad as soon as he sees the creche. He clings onto us with all his might and the teacher has to pull him away from us so that we can go. It's breaking our hearts to see him like this. They say it takes approx. 2 weeks for them to adapt. What can we do to make this experience more tolerable for him?

Expert's Reply



This is normal and common. The best one can do is to be firm, never allowing him to think that there is another option and not prolonging the farewell in the mornings. It is heart breaking, but most children settle into a new routine very quickly if their parents enthusiasticly support the idea, also with their body language.

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Posted by: C | 2004/01/12

My son is also 2 years and 2 months. We tried to send to a day mother and he also SCREAMED and CRIED! On Thursday morning last week he would not even leave the house. My husband and I decided to keep him home longer with our domestic worker and what a change. He is back to his happy and lively self. I have read some articles since last Thursday saying that you must "trust your instincts. If something doesn't feel right, it probably isn't". The latest Baby & Me magazine (Dec/Jan 2003/04) has an article relating to the right time to start playschool. It is definitely worth the read. Good luck!

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