I know this is a common thing for kids to have phases of anxiety and separation issues with kinder and school but I just wanted to vent and maybe hear any suggestions of how to help my ds and stories of how you got through it with your child.
So ds started 4 yr old kinder a few weeks ago. First 2 weeks he was fine at drop off, he was super excited to go to kinder and would barely say bye to me. But the last couple of weeks he has started crying at drop off and it's been getting worse. Yesterday was the worst so far, the teacher had to hold on to him and he was SCREAMING "no mum no mum! I'll miss you!" It was soooo hard to walk away but I know I had to. The teachers have told me he is absolutely fine after 5 mins, he enjoys his day and usually comes home happy (though sometimes very tired). I've had chats with him to find out if he is being bullied but he says most people are nice to him, some a little bit naughty. We've talked about how I will always come back to get him and he understands this. But Now after kinder when we get home he is already having anxiety about the next day, telling me he wants to stay home.
Today was a little better as I promised him if he is a brave boy with no crying or screaming I will buy him a new toy for when he gets home and he can show the teachers the next day. He had a couple of tears but nothing like yesterday and after giving him a cuddle the teacher picked him up and I quickly said goodbye and walked away while the teacher distracted him (they've been great with dealing with him). He was very happy this arvo and loved his new Spider-Man toy, but I'm worried the novelty will wear off and he will go back to crying at drop off. When will he get over this phase?