On the first days of school in this year that I’ve been looking forward to for so long, I would have told you that the start of school was great. My older two boys handled some small changes well (oldest’s good friend was transferred to another class, middle had a surprise teacher change on the first day of school). They’ve been enjoying spending time with friends and probably enjoying the early days where there has been no homework – just lots of forms for mom to fill out!
On the first day of kindergarten for my baby, I thought it was going to be a great year for him. He loves his teacher and after that awesome first day kept asking when he could go again. On the second day of kindergarten I thought we had this school thing down pat. He waved goodbye and had a great day. Those first two days I got to drop him off IN the classroom, but after that the rule is that you drop them off with their teacher just outside the school entry. Those first days were a couple of weeks ago and he has cried at every drop off since (he doesn’t go every day thank goodness!) He also reportedly cries a few times a day in class. Sigh. This is not supposed to be this hard is it? He’s been attending events at this school since he was born. He’s been there to drop off and pick up his brothers every day for years and years. He did two years of preschool and I waited until he was almost six to start him in kindergarten. He says the only thing he doesn’t like is that I’m not there with him.
Well, I am struggling with it, and feeling bad – probably because I’ve been so excited about the start of kindergarten. I love having several free hours a couple of days a week. I can get more work done, I can do errands all by myself, I can go for a run outside in the middle of the day! It hasn’t been exactly what I’d been dreaming of in all honesty (I’ll have to do that post another day though) but it is really nice and I don’t want to start those lovely days off with tears all year long. Please tell me that if I survive September he’ll start to adjust. Pretty please?!