I’ve heard that a change in routine will throw children into a tizzy, but I was not expecting what going from daycare to school would do to the Princess. Don’t get me wrong, she loves school, but the change in routine and schedule has had a noticeable effect on her. Since she was 18 months old, she has gone to the same daycare, with the same teachers, same friends at the same times with Mommy dropping her off and Daddy picking her up. For 2 1/2 years, that was her schedule, stable and familiar. But now, everything is different. Times have changed. No longer are we up at 6:30, and we’re home with the sun still high in the sky. New teachers, new friends, new backpack, new schedule. Also, now Mommy does both the drop off and pick up.
The Princess has been eating less, temper tantrums are more frequent and more severe, with spending more and more time in time out. I am trying to remain the disciplinarian while being understanding that this is just a phase due to the upheaval of her stable schedule. I’m hoping that within the next few weeks she will be back to her happy, content self, but this has definitely shown me how sensitive children are to changes and this will better prepare me for future changes and how to handle them.