In just three days my little Darwin, who is hardly even four is starting school. I thought I would be freaking out by now, but I’m not.
I see all these posts on social media about parents getting really upset and emotional about their children starting school. Then it I am here on my lonesome all chilled and stuff.
Well, not quite. I think one of the reasons I am so calm about it all is. Denial. Well not denial as such but, we haven’t got a single thing (except his winter coat) ready for him to start school, so that’s got to help. How can he been starting when he doesn’t have shoes or a book bag?
Also this isn’t such a major mile stone for us as it might be for others. Darwin attended full time Pre school last year. I know the majority of children only do half days, so the transition to a full day at school is a milestone. Not for Darwin though.
Another reason is because, this isn’t our first rodeo so to speak. Darwin has two elder brothers who are both attending the school he is starting. I was a wreck with both of those; Oliver was our first child to start school and Zachary has ASD and attending a mainstream school was a huge thing at the time.
However, the three biggest reasons are;
One: I know he is ready.
Two: His new teacher is the same wonderful lady that taught Zachary last year. We have a great relationship. She knows our family and our family dynamics. As a mother of multiple children and two with additional needs you can not understand what a relief this is.
Darwin knows who she is, from days he has been to collect his brothers from school, also school plays and parents evenings etc. She is fully aware of Darwin’s additional needs and I know she is more than equipped to deal with them. She did such an amazing job with Zachary as did the whole team working with him and that aliviates many of the fears I would have had.
Three: Last but not least, is Ezra. If I didn’t have Ezra and Darwin was my last child going to school, I think I would have been a wreck. It sounds a little mean to say it but your first and last child starting somehow seems even more momentous. God help me in a few years when Ezra starts.
So there you have it a few reasons, why I might be one of the more calm Mamas this New school year. Although, I can’t guarantee there won’t be a few tears shed when I get home after that first drop off.
♥ Do you have a little one starting school soon? Or Pre School? How are you feeling about it? Has anythinmade you feel more relaxed about the whole thing?
Much love and many thanks