My oldest would give me “I hate school” and “I don’t want to go to school” literally every day before school and on the way from preschool through second grade, and then meekly walk in and have a good day. Our oldest would also have to be dressed until she was 8 and a 3rd–but she’s mildly autistic. Interestingly, I think she’s had a better and better time at school almost every year. Now that she’s a high schooler, I think she really does enjoy school. (It’s a small private school that she’s attended for the last 10 years.) She has occasional bad days (like today), but she runs a club, is in student government, is co-president of another club, has just gone to an informational meeting for another club, etc. She also is on very friendly terms with her classmates.
Our middle child was fine. I don’t remember much about his early school career, mostly that he was not as vociferously negative as his big sister. He’s a little anxious about starting junior high. (As you can tell from the length of each child’s paragraph, he is not a high maintenance child.)
Our youngest started parents’ day out earlier than either older sibling. She started going once a week just before her second birthday. I was expecting her to be sick all the time, but she did fine. She’s loved school ever since (except for one classroom where she only lasted three weeks). She’s in three full-day pre-k now, and was actually telling me how much she looked forward to going to five-day kindergarten next year. I have literally never seen a child LOVE school so much. I think part of it is that being a 3rd child, while she enjoys spending days alone with me pretending that we are baby kitty and mommy kitty, she is used to being around more people.