Starting Primary School – The Emotional Rollercoaster
My eldest starts school in a few days time and I must admit I’m surprised by my own reaction to it. I’m stilling rooting for being dry eyed at the gate but I can’t count on it! In my case I’m lucky enough that it’s affecting me more than him – he’s thoroughly excited about the whole thing and has been dying to go since his pre-school term ended.
Being at Fundamentally Children I’m not short of good advice and have paid particular attention to our articles on starting school this year but no matter how much you understand the advice it’s still an emotional time.
In a weird sort of way it reminds me of being pregnant. You can easily get wrapped up in the practicalities of what you need, the uniform, labelling, lunches, forms, etc etc. You worry about that ‘first day’ (although I’m really hoping that’s less painful than childbirth!). But what you can easily overlook and what is finally dawning on me is that just like getting a ‘new baby’ to take home, this is forever. Gone are our chances of holidays in term time and outings without queues and more sadly gone I fear shortly will be my little pre-schooler. Excited as he is to be going, he nervously said (after speaking to a ‘big boy’ in an older year) “Mummy do I have to pretend to not like colouring? says big boys at school think colouring is boring and I shouldn’t say I like it” – and so it begins. Bless him – I’ve reassured him that I’m confident colouring will be fine and if he likes something he shouldn’t be afraid to say so but I wait to see what’s next.
I have that horrible feeling that I’ve forgotten something and must have read the forms a thousand times. I remain quite sure I’ll have failed to get something or fill something out by day 1. I also feel like there were things I wanted to do with those crowd-free term time days although I can’t put my finger on what. Being a working mum I also can’t help feeling – did I miss something?
Photo credit: Lucy Gill
Ok, now I remember! Afterall, everyone has to go to school, he’s ready, I’m ready, the school’s great, it’s free childcare for 6 hours a day – what’s not to love!
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