Friday, April 17, 2015

Repeat: I will not cry, I will not cry...

Ok, so it wasn't that scary or that sad, but my family did reach a new milestone yesterday - LP went to Preschool Roundup.  I know what you're thinking, she's getting emotional about Preschool roundup!  Well, for this stay at home Mom this is a huge milestone.  Starting next fall I won't have all my kids with me all day, every day.  My kids are like my little posse or sidekicks.  We go everywhere together and do everything together.  LP will leave every weekday before noon to head to Preschool and then gets to ride the school bus home in the afternoon.

A Mom's reflection and words of advice as child goes off to school for the first time
LP standing in front the school sign where
he will not only go to preschool at,
but throughput his senior year in high school
I thought yesterday's roundup might make me sad, because of the realization that come this fall I won't have my posse with me all day.  Also, on the first day of school I will have two little girls who are probably going to be confused and sad that their big brother will be away from us for a few hours.  But in the end, the Preschool roundup made me really happy!  Both LP and I (and the girls too, because like I said, we go everywhere together) got to learn about the Preschool "stations", share and tell, field trips, birthday celebrations, holiday parties, Grandfriend's Day, and snack time - to name a few.  How fun!  We also got a chance to meet his teachers and explore his room.

When I was a child my Mom stayed at home with my sisters and I too.  I loved being at home with my Mom and sisters and always aspired to do the same some day.  But I also loved school.  I had so much fun with my friends and some of the same activities we talked about yesterday at roundup, were some of my highlights of the school year.

I asked my Facebook fans for advice or words of wisdom for sending your child to school and this is some of what was shared:
  • It is great to see how much fun they have at school and with their friends.
  • It is hard not getting to be or seeing every part of their day, but if feels good when they are excited to tell you about their time in school when they get home.
  • The hardest part about kids going to school means they are growing up.  Read the book The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn!
What advice or words of wisdom do you have this Mom sending her oldest off to school for the first time in the fall?  Remember to Comment for a Cause!

17 comments:

  1. I can understand how this would feel bittersweet. I have a lot of respect for you as a friend and mother. Someday I will seek lots of advice from you:)

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  2. Remember that you have done your job well, when he comes home from school all excited about what he did all day... and when the bus driver tells you he's the most respectful kid on the bus!

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    1. Thanks. I hope the bus driver says that!

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  3. Yep, big milestone for you, momma. Be strong!

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  4. So exciting for him! Make sure to take lots of pictures :-) I'm sure he's going to LOVE IT!

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    1. No worries about me taking lots of pictures! I know he is going to have a lot of fun and make lots of friends.

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  5. I am so excited for all of you!! School is amazing and hearing about their days is awesome! Plus, look how excited LP looks in that picutre!! Boots ad all! ;-)

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    1. He had a lot of fun at roundup! It just starts a new chapter for our family having one of our kids in school, even if that means just preschool.

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  6. I too fear this day... And I know for a fact I will be crying a river once she goes to school. I hope our roundup next year will put my mind at ease as well. :)

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    1. The roundup really made me feel happy and excited, and not sad at all. I had a lot of fun when I went to school and I hope that my kids enjoy it just as much as I did.

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  7. So I cried this week when I realized that at 9 years old, Rylee has already lived half of the life she will live with us - in 9 more years she'll be graduating and moving out. #heartwrenching - such a tough thing seeing them growing up, but so fun!

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    1. Just wait til she turns 10! I'm sure that is a milestone for parents as much as children too. Like you said, seeing them grow up is tough but fun!

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  8. He looks so excited! It must be hard to send him to school but at the same time it's so exciting. I'm sure he'll have lots to share each day when he gets home.

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  9. I'm glad it went so well. I can't wait for my little guy to come home from school with paintings and projects and tales of the day, but I am not really ready for him to go yet!

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    1. I'm excited but a little sad at the same time. He is excited so that makes it a lot easier for all of us!

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