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mtled78 karma

Not an expert by any means, but one thing that helped my kid over the years was reinforcing the day's schedule; "today is Wednesday, it's a daycare day, dad will drop you off and I'll pick you up and then we can pick up a few things at the grocery store together. I'll spend the day at work and you'll play and learn with your friends. You can tell me all about it later! See you then!"

Taking the general approach of "see you later, this isn't a big deal at all" seemed to help him a lot. I also talk a lot about my work day, that I do it for a company that gives me money so we can buy food/house/clothes and that there are no toys/games/etc at work so it's boring for kids so daycare is much better for him today.

Good luck!

mtled24 karma

So you're getting a kitten, it sounds like?

mtled11 karma

One of my best friends is a CML survivor, from the mid-90s, before gleevec was a thing. Her brother was a perfect match for a BMT, and the procedure was done the day of her 16th birthday. Sweet sixteen! She's been in remission since, though not without some long-term health complications, which she just handles like it ain't no thing, because she's strong as fuck and one of the best humans on the planet.

She is an oncology nurse, working in a ward for leukemia and lymphomas and BMT, all in-patient treatments. Every day, she helps people through something she herself survived and she impresses me every day. She really helps people.

I think you'll do the same.

Best of luck!

mtled8 karma

Keep it up every day and he'll learn the days of the week, learn the pattern of 5/2 week vs weekend, etc. Kids love pattern, routine and familiarity.

You can even start tonight with the same basic approach; good night, tomorrow is Thursday a daycare day, on Thursday mommy drops you off then you go to the library with daddy after daycare (or whatever!)

mtled3 karma

I think teaching is still supporting yourself off your creativity, it's just a different way of sharing it!

My son doesn't seem too musically inclined (gets that from me!) but absolutely adores his music teacher at school; someone who seems larger than life, seemingly can play any instrument, sing any song, and just be such a huge source of joy for the kids. The yearly Christmas and end-of-year shows are absolutely amazing, with international influences in the songs, unexpected mashups and just drawing out all that creativity and ability from the kids.

I'm sure your students love you too, and I hope you work somewhere where the music department is decently funded! I grew up in schools without a music program at all, and it's such a loss (maybe I would have learned to at least be able to tap my foot to a basic rhythm...!)

I really enjoy your work, keep it up!