I was very anxious this morning about how Harri was going to go at school today. He decided that Noah's monkey 'Nono' was coming with him again which was fine with me, as long as he was 'happy' to go to school. He had stopped dragging 'Nono' everywhere at the end of last year, but he's now going everywhere with him again.
I tried to make things as calm as possible and not make it into a big deal so that he didn't get worked up before school.
He was quite happy until we got there and then started getting stressed saying 'I don't want to go to school!!'. I told him I would stay with him for a little while (I had pre-planned it with the staff from school just in case I had to) and hung out with his class while they played a game outside for 'daily PE'. It was so nice to see him relax more and start to have fun and enjoy being with his friends.
The Assistant Principal loves Kobe (and he loves her) so she took him for a play in her office while I hung out with Harri. He made me laugh as when we were about to leave he just jumped up on her chairs and popped his little feet up on the table like he owned the place!
When it was time for Harri to go back inside after playing a game with his class, he started to stress again so I told him I would hang around with him until he did his journal writing about his summer holidays. He wrote that on the holidays we went to Bicheno and St Helens and went to lots of beaches and saw two penguins. When he had finished his journal writing he was allowed to have free choice, which he was super excited about, so he was happy to say goodbye to me. I talked to his psychologist and she said that is the worst thing that could happen at school would be leaving him there in tears, as it would just be another trauma for him to go through. It only took an hour and a half, but I was so glad that I could walk out of the school with him happy, rather than in tears.