My daughter just started Kindergarten this fall. She is an only child and is very social, outgoing, and talkative. She loves going to school, but she is not progressing as fast as she should and she doesn't pay attention in class. She did attend pre-K and seemed to do well. In the last few weeks she has become clingy and whinny for the first time ever, speaking so quitely I can't even hear her (but not always). Is this "normal" adjustment to the increased expectations? How can I deal with this in a positive way? It can be very frustrating.
Try to reamain patient and supportive, keeping your ears open for any indication of what might have prompted the change. I would not regard the behavior as a normal experience, though it also does not indicate a cause for alarm. Be sure to touch bases with her teacher for any insights he/she might have about the change in demeanor.
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