It’s only four more sleeps until my little girl starts school. Oh my! The last year has just flown and it seemed like this moment was still a fair way off in the distance. So here we are and I’m pretty sure I’m more nervous than Ava.
I’ve had all sorts of advice and the one that stood out to me was “If you’re going to cry, then do it in the car AFTER you’ve said your goodbyes”. IF I’m going to cry. I KNOW I’m going to cry. My little baby’s off on a huge new adventure and I’m scared for her. No, not scared, but concerned that SHE feels OK about it all.
We’ve talked about it a lot, but I almost don’t want to ask her if she’s scared/worried/concerned, because I don’t want to plant those thoughts in her beautiful little (innocent) mind. Or should I be asking her those things, so that she can talk to me about her fears? Oh I don’t know, she’s my only and I’m never sure how to navigate this kind of stuff. Sometimes if I push too hard, she retracts. So I just feel my way and let her know that if she wants to talk, I’m here for her.
Last week we went to buy her school shoes and when we got home, we did a complete uniform try on session. She wore her school dress around the house that afternoon and she practiced walking around with her school bag on her back. That’s when it all hit me – my baby ain’t such a baby anymore.
I remember when we came home from buying her uniform (from the school shop late last year), and Ava said ‘It’s almost like I’m a real schoolgirl’. It was so sweet and she was so wide-eyed with excitement.
I hope her first few days go well, I really do. It will make all the difference to settling in. I feel reassured that at least 10 of her friends from kinder are also going to her school. When we got her class list, I was so pleased that she would have buddies with her, two from kinder and one from her old childcare centre.
Tomorrow we are going to school to meet her teacher and chat with other new Preppies and their parents. It’s like a follow up (meet and greet) from last year’s transition sessions. Then next Monday is her first official day. Wish us luck!
Do you have a new Preppie starting this year too? Wishing you all the best for a great year ahead for you and your little ones.