I took Goblin to nursery last Friday and on the way he was telling me he was sad and tired. He has started to really enjoy nursery so this didn't feel like a play to get out of going. We got to the door of the nursery and as I was helping him hang up his coat he burst into tears. I asked him "Do you want to come home with me?" and he said yes. The nursery staff looked a bit horrified that I was letting him choose whether to stay. But I could sense something wasn't quite right. You know how you just know when your child isn't being themselves?
I brought him home and we sat and watched TV most of the day, but after lunch he'd perked up and we went swimming. I started to feel like a bit of an idiot. Had I been played. Did Goblin just not want to go to nursery?
Rather than spending another day watching TV we decided to try and go for a walk. In the short time it took to get to the woods Goblin had fallen asleep. So we let him sleep in the car for about an hour, and when he woke up we took him in, carrying him.
The bluebells were out and it was magical. Even an ill Goblin couldn't stay forlorn for long. A good bit of den building and a frolic among the flowers and Goblin was good as new.
I'm not scared of administering calpol and other medicine when needs must, but sometimes a good run in the fresh air can be just what the doctor ordered.
And now to the linky
Stunning photos, a beautiful spot for fresh air and to feel a bit better. And good on you for trusting your mama instincts!ReplyDelete
It looks so beautiful where you live! I could do with some of that fresh air :)ReplyDelete
This happened to us once where I took my wee man out screaming and crying feeling sorry for himself but once we hit the park and fresh air he relaxed a bit and even enjoyed himself!ReplyDelete
Love this post, I agree totally with you, if a child who usually comes happily into nursery is crying they have a legitimate reason for it 9 times out of 10 & they deserve to have their 'protest' listened to.ReplyDelete
Wow, what a beautiful forest, the perfect medicine for a little one out of sorts!ReplyDelete
You can't beat a parents instinct - we are the ones that know our children the best! The Bluebells are gorgeous, and I'm sure a spot of den building helped to make him feel better. Thanks for linking up to Country Kids.ReplyDelete
I love the way you took care to follow the needs of your child.ReplyDelete
The pictures of MAGICAL!ReplyDelete
Good for you for following those mama instincts. Glad he's feeling better!ReplyDelete
gorgeous photos i just love walking among the bluebells and so do my boys. its wonderful that we have this inbred parenting instinct which takes over and guides us to know what is best for our little ones isnt it? xReplyDelete
Beautiful photos. Love the one with the teepee!ReplyDelete
Brilliant post - so true. I remember when Home Educating ours that the sulkiest moments could be raised to laughter and singing just by going outside. And I so admire your wisdom and courage in letting your child decide not to go to nursery that day and to go with their choice. Far too many parents fail to believe in their children and that sometimes they know what they need!ReplyDelete