First Day of Pre-SchoolWritten by Shantel Parks
I was geared up for some tears.
I was even ready for an all-out tantrum complete with weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth.
I had ample reason to have prepared myself for such occurrences. Firstly, this wasn’t my first time at the rodeo. I have sent 3 other children off to preschool and kindergarten and big-kid all day first grade, and all of the above have happened in varying degrees of intensity. Secondly, there were several angst-ridden conversations between myself and my 4 year old as the day approached. They went something like this:
Me: Are you just so excited for school to start?
Her: Yup. And you’ll be there, right Mom?
Me: I’ll take you to school in the morning and then when the teachers come out, you’ll go inside with them and hang up your backpack. Just like you practiced.
Her: Yup. By my name. And you’ll be there, right?
Me: I’ll be there to drop you off, and then you’ll go inside and do all the fun stations, and before you know it, preschool will be over and I’ll be there to pick you up. I can’t wait to hear all about it.
Her: ………… (with a look of serious contemplation)
These, and other similar discussions were starting to take a pretty heavy toll on her level of excitement. And I wasn’t the one who brought up preschool each time, they were often the result of seeing her new backpack, or having a sibling ask her about it. As a result, I was beginning to get concerned about how she would handle it when the big event arrived and she actually began school.
So I had prepared myself for a struggle and sadness and readied myself to reassure and convince her that preschool was going to be wonderful. I was not at all prepared for her to just hop out of the truck, look back and wave and say “Bye, Mom, I love you!” with a huge smile on her face.
It has me re-evaluating all sorts of preconceived notions.
In what ways does your child want to be "independent"? What things does he want to do "all by himself"? (Taken from the Preschool story starter)
Shantel's love of story began in her childhood with fairy tales. As a wife of 13 years and a mother of 4, she gets a daily sampling of the many genre's of story, including (but not at all limited to) - humor, alternate history, dramatic interpretations, tall tales, tragedy, and a smattering of anecdotes based on true stories. A sometimes blogger, a frequent do-it-yourselfer, and always fond of Cadbury Mini Eggs, Shantel can be found, most days, going 5 different directions, but usually ending up in her favorite place - at home.
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