Why I am not freaking out about Darwin starting school

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 




  1. September 29, 2017 / 10:50 am

    Thanks Peach for stopping by.

    I hope that when the time comes you can find a way to relax and that it is enjoyable for you both.


  2. September 28, 2017 / 4:46 pm

    Yet I feel like I may be able to contribute more by writing articles about why I’m not freaking out than by, say, posting nasty comments about Trump on social media.

    • September 29, 2017 / 10:53 am

      Hello 9EPPS.COM

      Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I am not sure if this comment is genuine or laced with a little sarcasm??either way I appreciate the time taken to comment. If it was written genuinely, I an glad that value might have been added, if its with sarcasm. I don’t post about trump online. Are you suggesting I should or insinuating I do?? Lets start a dialogue. Have a great day.

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  3. September 7, 2017 / 4:06 pm

    I wish to be as relaxed when it’s Peachy’s time to go to school but I fear that’s not going to be the case. Thanks for joining #Blogstravaganza. Hope to see you again.

  4. September 3, 2017 / 9:04 am

    Hi Cherie,

    Loved this. I know what you mean. My youngest starts school next September but i think i will be ok as she is currently in full time preschool and quite frankly is ready to go now. However she is my last baby so i may be a blubbering wreck, who knows. Glad to hear that you have a good relationship with Darwins teacher this i feel is a massive bonus and will help him settle in better.

    Good luck to the little guy and you when he starts. Love your blog

    Mrs Be xx

    • September 3, 2017 / 3:22 pm

      Hi Mrs Be,

      Thanks so much for stopping by. I’m so glad you like my blog. As you know it gives you such a lovely feeling when people tell you that.

      I’m know I will be a wreck when Ezra starts as it’s the end of an era. Having a teacher who I know. Darwin knows andnwho knows our family, is the main factor in me being so calm.

      Your daughter doing full time at pre school means it’s one less adjustment for her to make. We’ve got this!!

      Cherie x
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  5. September 3, 2017 / 2:02 am

    Thats lovely thag he has the same teacher, familiarity always helps in situations where change is afoot. Am dreading when my eldest starts school. Not til 2019 but even so, already panicking! Ha! #blogstravaganza

    • September 3, 2017 / 3:18 pm

      Hi Lucy,

      Thanks for stopping by my blog. Yes, change is always made easier by familiarity. I can’t wait to experience this year with Darwin, it will soon be time for my eldest to start secondary school… but that is a whole other blog post ?

      My youngest starts pre school in 2019, it’s going to be here before we know it ?

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  6. September 2, 2017 / 10:41 pm

    I felt like this last year when E was going into reception. I knew how excited he was and that his school was fab. He was totally ready and by the end of the summer I was exhausted with keeping up the pace of activities we’d always had while babywearing a 3 month old everywhere. I was ready to reclaim my daytime nap! I agree that when it is baby L’s turn to start school I will feel much more emotional… and then I’ll embrace all the free time I’ll have! Wishing you all well for next week x
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    • September 3, 2017 / 3:16 pm

      Hi Nic,

      Having a good school and knowing your child is comfortable and excited is so comforting for us as parents.

      I can’t wait to nap too, hoping Ezra doesn’t decide to drop his afternoon nap anytime soon.

      I think when L and Ezra start school it’s the end of an era for us as parents. It sounds silly but it really is.

      Thanks for stopping by.

      Cherie x
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  7. September 2, 2017 / 1:47 pm

    It always helps when they have a fab teacher! When I was in my university placement in a Primary school, the parent’s were crying outside once their little ones toddled in! I don’t have to deal with this though because we will be homeschooling 🙂 #blogstravaganza

    • September 2, 2017 / 4:29 pm

      Hi Jade.

      Welcome to the blog. Thanks for choosing us to read out of all the amazing link ups. Having an amazing teacher, completely changes your experience of the whole schooling system. The school they will all be attending is amazing. My eldest sons previous school, wasn’t bad perse, but it wasn’t great either.

      Homeschooling, wow. It’s something I thought I might consider, but it’s just not the right route for us. I think it takes someone a lot more patient than me. I wish you every success with it.

      Once again, thanks for stopping by.

      Cherie x
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  8. Nahdz
    September 2, 2017 / 1:14 pm

    This was such a great read. I wasn’t a wreck when my eldest started and my youngest ahh I dunno atm I think I will be fine but he’s got a whole year to go so maybe by then I may begin to tear up. X

    • September 2, 2017 / 4:25 pm

      Hiiiii Nadhz,

      Thanks for stopping by the blog and taking the time to comment. I am really glad you enjoyed reading this. I guess you never really know how you are going to feel till it happens. I am really looking forward to what he is going to achieve this year. He has so much potential!! Thanks again for stopping by.

      Cherie x
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