I arrived to pick up DD from her 2nd day of preschool to learn that she was crying hysterically for a long time when the kids transitioned from school to aftercare. She likes school, but it seems that most of the other kids get picked up when school ends -- at least this first week (according to her none of the kids in her class are in aftercare) -- and she basically begged me not to leave her there.
I feel so unbelievably guilty. It's not helping that the people are saying how it's "a long day." DD's been in daycare since she was 3 months old, so really, it's not just that it's a long day. Saying that just makes me feel like a jerk for leaving her. I'm also pregnant & hormonal & I feel like the worst parent ever.
I know that this was only day two. There was also an earthquake today, and I'm sure that freaked her out. I just hope it gets better. I don't want her to be unhappy.
I talked to her tonight about how she'll have friends in her class and how she'll make friends in her "other class". And how she'd get to hang out with some older kids (which she normally likes). The aftercare people suggested having her bring an object from home that will help her feel more secure, so we talked about that & she'll bring something tomorrow.
Any other suggestions?