I have two settling sessions booked for Tabitha at her new nursery. Although I have no concerns about her attending nursery and feel she is more than ready for the social aspects I am a little nervous for her. I have talked before about my own shoddy social skills when meeting new people and I can't help but feel anxious at her first engagement with her new peers.
As I throw her into a class of children and leave her to find her way I am more than aware it is her essentially becoming her future self. The way she interacts with these children is so important, childhood friendships and experiences really do form so much of our longterm social skills. I think what makes me nervous the most is that she is kind of on her own with this task; she must make the decisions of who she likes and who she doesn't, who she spends her day playing with and who she steers away from.
What can I really do to help?
I shall give her an excellent outfit, make sure she smells of vanilla and stick on a name badge. I mean, who could resist a well dressed child who smells of cake and has a face like that anyway?