The time is upon us and many kids (and parents!) are going to pre-school for the first time this Fall! Maybe there have been plenty of tears from both the Mamas and your kids but one thing is for sure…your kids are growing up! When did they get old enough to start going to school anyway?!
When I dropped Luke off at school for his first day this week I watched another little boy crying as he walked into school with his teacher. If this is you this week with your little ones…rest assured it won’t last long and it’s terrible going through this stage!! It gets easier, I promise. I will happily cry with you – been there, done that.
I was SO nervous last year when Luke started school, he just turned 4 years old and it was the first time he was away from me under someone else’s care and I had no idea what to think! I knew I wanted to get him ready for Kindergarten so once we found the perfect school for us off he went 4 times a week for 2.5 hours. He absolutely loved school from Day 1 and fell in love with his teachers so I couldn’t ask for a better pre-k experience. My favorite part has been seeing these teachers love on him and really take the time to get to know him. Our preschool is not too big and all the teachers with the different age groups work so closely together that we knew his teacher already this year and that has made for a smooth transition. What a sigh of relief! He asks me every day….”can I go to school yet?” If your kids are loving school, take a minute to smell the roses and give yourself a pat on the back. We work hard to make sure our kids are flourishing and growing happily, well done Mama. I’ve also got to give a shout out to all the home-schooling Moms out there, the work you do to make sure your kids are also flourishing and growing happily gets you one LARGE margarita with your name on it! Well done Mama.
It’s a strange feeling dropping Luke off at school and seeing how much he’s grown in a year, it’s kind of like the difference between a Freshman and Senior at high school. Experience makes all the difference! At such a young age these kids mature and grow so quickly in a year! I have to say that one of the big things I love about pre-k is being apart of all the activities…that I didn’t have to plan! Woot!
We had lots of fun celebrating back to school and I suddenly realized this year (now that I’m not so nervous and can actually enjoy the back to school festivities without wanting to throw up!) that I’m sure Moms everywhere created all these ways to celebrate back to school NOT for the kids but secretly they are the ones celebrating having just a couple hours of peace and quiet in their homes after a CRAZY Summer! We have to make it sound so great going back to school because if we really said “back to the grind of homework, tests, etc.” we would be dragging them kicking and screaming! Ha ha! Instead we make up corny things like the “back to school fairy” (who brought Luke a new Octonauts toy and decorated the house!) and give the teachers gifts as a way of saying “thanks for putting up with my kid!” as we drive out of the parking lot wondering how much winging they will get today. Happy back-to-school Mamas!
How was your first day of school this year? Were there any tears from you or your kids?