I got excited when baby girl brought home this today:
An invitation for all the parent helpers to attend a special morning tea, thanking them for their help with the kids this year.
I have been absent for so long… but yet I got one.
Why you might ask? It wasn’t that long ago (or maybe it was, time flies lately) that I was proudly showing off my visitor’s sticker in this post, as I started helping out baby girl’s class on Thursday mornings.
But that all came to an end at the end of term 2. While baby girl loved me helping out… she loved it a bit TOO much. So much so that when it was time for me to leave, she was beyond devastated.
As the weeks progressed she even grew anxious as the day of my helping approached. One week she asked me repeatedly, perhaps up to 20 times if I was helping… which I was… and it was here I knew something had to change.
I spoke with her openly and said I needed to take a break. She was not coping when I left, even though she was perfectly fine at the start of the day when I dropped her off.
When she nodded her approval and agreed, not only was I surprised, but I knew I was onto something.
I stopped helping.
But then she started talking about it again. Me helping. I told her repeatedly that I didn’t want her upset. I didn’t want her crying. I felt like half of her did want me there, whereas the other half was confused and still in-between.
But when the news came out about their swimming lessons some weeks ago, I knew it was the perfect middle ground.
Help out… on an excursion? A place where baby girl actually swims in her private lessons, no less?
She was happy. And so was I. 🙂
Today was the first time in a while I was there to help. And since the lessons are going on for several more weeks, I will be on hand for so many other occasions too.
I think I have just found a great middle ground – an excursion helper 🙂 I don’t actually leave… they do. Because they jump on a bus 😉
So it was timely that on the day I started to assist again, I got this invitation via baby girl…
And I happily accept your caffeine and biscuit invite. 🙂 ♥