In just over 6 short months, I’ll be waving goodbye to my daughter as she boards the bus to kindergarten. Most parents are excited, nervous and thrilled for their children on this momentous occasion. Me? I am so NOT ready for it!
First, I am not sure which school my daughter will be attending – we’re deciding between the public school in our district and a private school which we’re also considering. So not knowing the school or being able to picture where she’ll be every day from 9-3 is part of the problem. The other concerns? Let’s see…there’s the homework (admittedly not much the first year), the long days, the meeting new people and making new friends, riding the bus, having lunch in the cafeteria and having a larger number of students in the classroom. And, let’s not forget that it’s only the first year of 17 (or possibly more)! That’s a lot of teachers, homework and books ahead of us.
Aside from all of that, I have a feeling that I’m so not ready to admit my daughter is going to kindergarten because my “little” girl is growing up before my eyes. I can’t believe that she’s really a little person now, no longer a baby. Yes, I still have one “baby” at home (who will be starting preschool in September) but I still feel like a child sometimes, so how is it that my child is growing up quicker than me? And why do I feel like I’M the one going back to school?
I hope that in the next 6 months, I’ll be able to put my own worries aside and get excited for my daughter as she embarks on what will no doubt be a wild, fun ride for all of us. In the meantime, I’ll try to savor the last few months of innocence and ease both of us into the “real world” slowly but surely.
Please share your stories and advice of sending your first child off to kindergarten below!