..and I am practically crying myself. He's never really had a problem being left there before, and I love the place for its gentle practices and great teachers. He has been going there since Sept. and there's a 3-1 student/teacher ratio in a class of 12.
I guess because of the holiday break he had trouble going back, although he was fine this morning til it was time for me to leave. I stayed a few min. to play, then he cried hysterically when I left. I waited in the lobby with DD til he stopped crying (about 10 min.) and peeked in. He was sitting on his teacher's lap, sniffling.
I feel awful. It goes against my instincts to leave him crying. But on the other hand, I realize that lingering can be like slowly peeling off a band-aid. His teacher is very gentle but confident in her approach that it is better to leave quickly than hang around. She does have a policy that she will call a parent if the child doesn't settle down in 20 min.
I just feel like I've betrayed my son or something by leaving....