Wednesday, August 25, 2010

From Excited to Terrified

Posted by Cecile at Wednesday, August 25, 2010
The first day of school for my son didn't go well. Few days before the school starts, he was very excited and couldn't wait to go back to school just like he felt when he starts Pre K and Kinder. He loves going to school so much...loves to meet new friends...and new teacher, but not this year. The moment I woke him up to prepare for school, his facial expression changed....from excited to terrified! He didn't want to go to school, he hates school, and didn't want to miss Mommy. Despite of our encouragements, he made up his mind. He would rather stay with me than go to school.

My poor little man has a very bad anxiety attack! He wouldn't sleep, keeps asking me to promise to pick him up after school. Seeing him cries every time we drop him off to school breaks my heart. I don't have any choice but leave him there. The next day, he clings on to my shirt crying hard....his teacher has to call the guidance counselor for help. Hubby called later to find out if he is okay. He was fine few minutes after we left him said the guidance counselor. Her advise was to give Jacob a hug and kiss and leave right away when we drop him off the next day. Oh well, easier said than done....but we have to do it. She said in two weeks time, Jacob would be fine and get adjusted to his new school, teacher and classmates. Hubby and I are crossing our fingers with the hope that he would be okay.

Today, we did what the guidance counselor asked us to do, and it seems like it worked! When I picked him up today, her teacher said, Jacob was okay and was able to join the class quickly. Every once in awhile, he would look at his teacher and cries....but his teacher keeps on assuring him that everything will be okay and he would be going home soon.

I don't know what to expect tomorrow; all we can do is pray for him. Hubby and I are really worried for him. He has changed...from a happy little boy to a sad one. We can see in his eyes how much worries he has....If only I can take away that anxiety, I would do it. But how? What can I do to make him feel better and make him love his school again? I want my old son back!



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