I posted a few days ago about MC's overnight in kindergarten. That at first, she would definitely not go. That at first, she's afraid. That at first, she wont enjoy it. That maybe she simply had to pass on this program.
So we let it go but we tried to talk to her about the benefits of staying overnight in kindergarten - like she would be with her friends, that she would be with her teachers, that they would enjoy loads of suprises, that this program is definitely for pre-schoolers only; that it is really a privilege to join and to enjoy.
It was a long process, read here. But I guess, we underestimated her. It was the whole family who bought her to kindergarten to find her a sleeping space and prepare her bed. And we dawdled a little, I took some photos, we talked to some moms and chatted with the kids; until we simply had to go for we have nothing more to do.
Going home, IC was a bit sad because she said she also wanted to sleep with her sister. And Papa questioned me on why I have only three plates out for dinner. Erm? Where are you, dear papa :D I guess it is us, the parents, who arent really prepared to let go!
But you know what, we were a bit apprehensive because that night was a stormy night with thunder and lightning, I cant help thinking about the kids.
The morning after, at 9 am, I picked MC up in kindergarten. She's ready. Her airbed and sleeping bag already folded and are in pushed in one corner, together with her backpack. She greeted me with a big smile exclaiming she had a great time.
I also talked to the teachers who said, it all went ok. Nobody really noticed the storm that night; which is a good thing. As for MC, she enthusiastically told me her stories from last night.
She was bursting from so much stories to tell: that they had to ride the fire truck (complete with blinking lights and siren) going back to kindergarten as the rain shower was too much; one teacher who managed the barbecue for the kids had to stay outside in the rain or else dinner wont be ready; that another boy squeezed in with her and her friend because he wanted to sleep with them; that she and her friend got a warning because they were still talking when almost all of the kids were already asleep; that the boys slept earlier than the girls; that they didnt shower only washed up; that her airbed became the center of attention as most of the kids simply wanted to jump up and down; that she didnt get to cook her famous scrambled egg...etc!
But the first thing I really noticed was this, she's only gone overnight but she's grown. She has collected confidence during the 24 hours away from us. She's acting more and more like a big big sister to IC; she even started babying IC. She wants to help in more chores. Her decision-making process is faster. And in her own words, 'I can do more, Mama, trust me.'
And I only picked her up a few days from the overnight stay. I guess, growth overnight is indeed possible.