So DD is starting Prep next week (eeeek!) and to ease her into the transition I've already started doing a school routine with her. My mum thinks I'm a total nutcase and constantly tells me so.
To expand... Last year, DD went to Kindy Mon-Wed, 7.30-4.30. Thursday's she spent the day with my mum and I had Friday's off for us to spend together.
My work has been amazing and has allowed me to restructure my working week to mon-fri, 8.30-3.15. DD will attend the private school one street over, which has its hours as 8.30-3. So I will be able to do pick ups and drop offs, without needing before or after school care.
Like I said, to ease our transition, I started working these hours this week and DD has been going to Kindy every day, but only for school hours.
My mum has been giving me enormous criticism over my decision. She thinks I'm exhausting DD before school starts. She tells me she's never heard of anyone ever doing something like this before; that everyone she's talked to thinks it's a ridiculous idea; and I'm therefore somehow in the wrong.
Has anyone else done anything similar? I'm a being ridiculous?
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21-01-2016 21:50 #1
Am I nuts?
21-01-2016 21:53 #2
I can't imagine why anyone would think it's a bad idea, easing into new routines is great! Definitely not ridiculous.
Is your mum sad that she's missing out on her day with your DD or something?
21-01-2016 21:53 #3
Seems like a weird thing to pick a fight over. If someone told me they were doing that I wouldn't think anything of it.
21-01-2016 21:54 #4
We start 10 days out with going back to a strict bed time. Somewhere between 5 and 7 days we start the early wake ups. It's a good thing to get them into a routine of getting up and being ready on time before hand. Knowing when, where and what is expected helps relieve any anxiety she and you might have.
21-01-2016 21:57 #5
Not something I've done, but I don't think you're nuts. Isn't she actually at kindy less hours per day? Maybe your mum is upset she's missed out on her last day before your DD starts full time school? Still doesn't really give her the right to criticise your decision though.
21-01-2016 22:06 #6
Am I nuts?
One of the Psychologists at DS school told us during one of the orientation sessions to do "practice" routines the week before school starts, especially for those travelling like us as DS normally gets up at 8am but we have to leave at 7.45am to get to school so we will all have to start waking up at 6.45! We actually started our new routine today!
21-01-2016 22:25 #7
Our new wake up time is 5.30. I am NOT a morning person. Most of kids are not morning people. Ds1 has be at school before 8 am. Its 30 mins car ride. I imagine that when he starts the workplace experience part of his course it will be even earlier. Anywhere in town is a hour away.
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Tell your mum to **** off and stop biatching about you to her friends.
21-01-2016 22:30 #9
Just out of curiosity, who is going to look after your daughter if school finishes at 3 and you don't finish work until 3:15?
21-01-2016 22:33 #10Senior Member
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