Last night we attended our very first parents evening at nursery for little man J. It felt a little odd as he’s only 2, but the nursery have it for the older children too so everyone is welcome to attend.
Though he always has good feedback when I collect him, I was still a bit nervous that he had been hitting or biting as he still does this at home (though they have never mentioned it so I presumed not).
When we arrived, his key worker (C) was available so we went through straight away whilst J played with one of the other staff. I think he thought he was there for his usual day though as he ran off with an excited look on his face!
As he is only young, there isn’t really much C could comment on, but she said that she was really happy with how he was getting on (as are we). He no longer cries when I drop him off so he has settled in really well – at first he used to scream blue murder, then he went to a little cry, then a whimper, but when I dropped him on Wednesday he just said Mummy in a sombre voice but soon perked up when he was told he was going to have toast, just as I was leaving!
We were both pleased with his speech and how well it is coming on. Ever since he started he has learned so many new words, a new one pretty much every day. C said that whenever she is talking to someone else he always copies what she’s saying, which he does with us at home too.
The only thing that was concerning is that he has been hitting out at his friends. Which is what I was dreading. I suddenly felt like such a rubbish Mummy. I have tried so hard at home, pretty much everything, to stop it but nothing seems to work. C suggested a reward chart with stickers of his favourite characters, one for nursery and one for home so we’re consistent. I had been thinking about it myself for at home but thought he might be a bit young to understand, but anything is worth a shot! She is going to draw something up ready for next week.
So apart from his hitting, he is doing really well and I am still confident that we made the right decision.
How have you managed to deal with your child’s hitting?