The girls have now been in their new preschool for a bit over a month and we see such a difference in them and their behavior. No more headaches, no more wee wee accidents at night, no more tummy aches and they are calmer.
The highlight was yesterday at the school’s Christmas concert when our little one proudly walked passed me and on to the stage to perform Twinkle Twinkle. I cried of happiness. The joy of seeing her happy is priceless.
So what was wrong with the first preschool? Nothing was wrong as such. They have plenty of happy kids and the teachers are very loving and caring. But I can see now that our kids were stressed in that kind of environment. It was lacking a bit of structure that our kids are used to (simple things like always having meals at the same time, the activities of the day always following the same pattern etc) and it was noisy. Very noisy. It’s a cultural thing of course. Doesn’t mean all spaniards are noisy, but in general they speak louder than the kids are used to despite being half Spanish. Also, outdoor play was really free play which meant the kids ended up playing “war” and similar things which our big hearted 4-year old was not used to at all. When I brought this up as a worry I was basically told “boys will be boys” and we’ll try to encourage Amaya to play more with the girls. Not really the answer I was looking for…
Again, I’m glad I listened to my gut feeling and I’m so glad we have the chance to have the girls in this school now and hopefully many years ahead.
The previous preschool has amazing outdoor facilities, just next to the sea: