Back to school or the start of school is here for us. I can’t believe the time is here. Our daughter has just started her school career. Wow, I’m not sure where the time has gone as I feel like I just had her and now she’s in school. There are many emotions I’ve been going through with this transition. The first is my schedule. I have created my schedule so that I can be home with Stella every morning until 9:30 ish. Lucky, I know. This is a time that I absolutely cherish as I get to spend relaxed time with her before I start my workday. Now, 3 days a week I am rushed, stressed and a bit frazzled trying to get everything ready and not forget anything for school. Who knew it was such a jarring transition from a timing perspective. Given the first week was so rough, I’ve made some critical changes. One is ask for help from my husband as I can no longer do it all by myself. The second is wake up earlier. I normally wake up when she wakes up which doesn’t work if you want to get ahead of the game. I do realize that many people have already been dealing with this for years if they have been going to daycare and I have so much compassion.
The next emotion is a bit of letting go and letting Stella be her own person with her own experiences. She is no longer my little baby that I have to protect 100% of the time. I think it’s healthy for her to make some mistakes and be on her own a little bit.
I also didn’t know how important and challenging it was to find a perfect fit in a preschool. On one hand, she’s 3 and will be playing during the day. However, I think it’s important to find a school that believes in what our family does as much as possible. Then, once you find that school you have to hope that they have an opening. I couldn’t believe how long the waiting lists are for preschool and grade school. You would think I was applying for college. I remember the good old days where you go to the school in your neighborhood and no one put much thought into it. (At least I don’t think my mom did. Sorry if you did Mom.)
Now that we are fully in school mode, I look forward to hearing about her days, her new friends, seeing what she has learned and watching her grow. It is very fulfilling and rewarding to be her mom and go through this amazing life with her.
I’m sure we’ll get through this transition like we’ve gotten through ever other one and will continue to throughout her life.
If you have kiddos, I hope you are hanging in there and enjoying the ride. What are you dealing with for back to school?