Addy has officially started preschool! And aside from the normal mom-isms (“how did she grow up so fast?!”), I’m wondering: how should I handle her stain? She never seems to notice it; she never talks about it at home, she’s never asked us about it. She’s very matter-of-fact when it comes up indirectly (like putting cream on that side of her face after a treatment).
So… do I a) bring it up with her to pre-emptively deal with any potential classmates’ questions? Or b) do I stay mum and just wait for her to ask me?
I’m mildly concerned that if I say nothing, then I’m not preparing her well; after all, I don’t want her to be suddenly surprised by a barrage of questions without warning. (Fast-forward 15 years: “You threw me to the lions that day!”) On the other hand, if I do try to prepare her (like how? role-play? she’s 3…), then am I just planting seeds of worry, making a bigger deal of it than her classmates would?
When she started last Monday, I opted to stay mum. And after two days of preschool (she only goes twice a week), she still seems happy and well-adjusted. Excellent. But… should I still bring it up? After all, aren’t parents supposed to be the first ones to talk to their kids about stuff? “When they offer drugs, just say no.” “When they ask about your face, just say __.” Or does that just give the kid fodder for discussions with their therapist in 20 years?