When Vije suggested enrolling Kitana in a play school last year, I was hesitant. I guess moms go through the stage where they don’t want to let go of their little babies or admit they actually growing up. For me, Kitana is still a baby…well she will always be my little girl but I sometimes I think she’s delicate when she’s actually very strong.
It took lots of convincing from friends and my husband for me to agree to enrol her into play school. My main reason for saying yes was so that she could socialize and interact with children her age. I could see she was getting bored at home and was way too addicted to breast milk.
Little did I know that school would actually do more than that… Kitana has always been a fussy eater. Ever since she started eating solids, we had issues. At first she had a mild milk allergy and then with teething, her eating only got worse.
There were days I used to cry myself to sleep thinking what I’m I doing wrong? Why isn’t my child eating?! I tried everything and even made meals myself but got disappointed when she refused everything except the breast milk. It was starting to take a toll on me and her. She would literally drink milk 24/7 and survived on that for many months.
I was really hoping school would change her eating habits and it actually did! The first 2 weeks of play school was a bit tough on both of us. I felt empty every time I left her and she cried every day. Saying goodbye with a smile on my face was the hardest part. It broke my heart leaving my child crying… screaming out for me… I just wanted to take her out of school and leave her at home for another year. But my husband helped me through this, he made me strong and helped me realise this was the best for Kitana.
3 weeks after enrolling her, she got her first cold. It wasn’t a great week for her as she struggled with a horrible cough and running nose but she fought through it with very little medication. I predicted this would happen as most kids end up getting sick once they start school.
After a month and couple days of school, Kitana started eating better. She started eating porridge which she hated growing up and even ate food she never ate at home.
School changed my child and it was for the better. She comes home with world stories, currently potty training and she actually asks for food! School was the best decision I made for my child and I realized sometimes it isn’t a bad thing to send them from an early age.
She has shown interest in dance so I’ve enrolled her. She starts this Wednesday and I’m sure, soon her schedule will be busier than mine.
Every day she asks a question or has a very interesting answer for me. She’s full of surprises and I’m loving it.
Now, she gets excited for school. She even gives me a hug and kiss goodbye.