All the changes and upheaval are starting to take a toll. She doesn't want to go to school in the mornings, just wants to stay by my side. My initial reaction has been to get cross and tell her she just has to go.
But yesterday, I took a moment to tell her I understood how she was feeling. I explained that I knew how scary and strange life is becoming but that the three of us are together and that's what matters most. I said that when you are worried the best thing is to keep busy. School is the best place for that.
She calmed down immediately and agreed to go. I little bit of empathy went a very long way!
When I picked her up, she was beaming. "Mummy, I had a great day today!"
I think we both learnt something this week. My little girl is growing up. Sniff.
"You fill the air with smiles For miles and miles and miles" George and Ira Gershwin.