They say Moms either cry or are relieved on first day of preschool. I'm neither, but I may have a panic attack. I'm terrified for our sweet toddler to start a new school.
I confess. I ignored the first two new preschool mixers. They were at the same time as camp and the most intense time of my work year. Was that a mistake?
I still need to complete all the forms the new administrators walked through at the orientation I did attend. It totally freaked me out even though everyone was nice... Their school family is welcoming.
Our oldest is ready. I tried to keep preschool, a new school and class, a secret from my toddler. I repressed the inevitable change.
Then, I took the plunge. I revealed the new mystery school is next to our library. It's the church where my husband, his Dad, and I got married.
Our toddler seems excited and happy to make even more friends and keep the old.
I did cry that our oldest had his last day of camp. It was a lonely cry in my Boston hotel room for our Annual Meeting, a whole time zone away.
I'll miss how our play school director genuinely says "Love you" to the kids.
Now that camp is over, I'm getting a little more comfortable with... preschool, THE new school. I even made a play date, FINALLY, with our host family.
In this case, the whole first day of preschool thing is most hard for the mom. My husband says it'll all be great. I know my preschooler will thrive at his new school.
Our oldest is very casual that it was his last day at his old school. He seems to understand he's starting a new school.
Eventually, I'll adjust to the change, but look forward to camp at JCYS, next summer. Our youngest will start play school there, too.
Meanwhile, I'll continue to ignore fancy Pottery Barn Kids back-to-school catalogs. I guess I'll figure out the whole scary pack a lunch every day thing. How did my Mom do that so casually for years for three kids.
I'm excited to give back to our community and help shape our boys' learning experience, but I'm not ready to join any parent committees...
I'm going to take preschool mom baby steps - no need to burn myself out in preschool. I will chaperone a field trip...
Any tips? Please!
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