I know you probably get this all the time and I expect you’re over the whole “WAIL! My child is too young for school!” thing. But if I didn’t write this on the eve of my daughter starting school for the first time then I wouldn’t be much of a mum blogger would I?
I’m also aware that this whole starting school thing isn’t about me. It’s about my child and her readiness for taking on a new adventure, not about my readiness to accept she’s no longer a baby.
And I know that you have lots of other kids to worry about and mine isn’t the only one meeting a huge milestone tomorrow.
All these things are true, School. But I still have some polite requests. In return, I promise to get my daughter to class on time, promptly reply to school letters and – you never know – I may even volunteer for the PTA.
So, my requests….
Please look after her while she’s with you. Please remember she only turned four a couple of months ago. Please be kind and give her some reassuring words if she cries when I leave her. Please help her to make new friends and give her plenty of opportunities to play.
Please cut her some slack if she’s tired and needs a quiet rest with a story – she still regularly falls asleep in the afternoon at home after all. Please give her a hand cutting up her school dinners if she asks you for help, she’s still getting the hang of using her knife and fork on trickier meals.
Please don’t be too quick to grade her or decide on her level of academic attainment – she’s more than a number on a sheet. Please give her time to settle in and flourish. Like I said, she only turned four a couple of months ago.
I’m trusting you School. I hope this is going to be the beginning of an exciting, fun and interesting time for my daughter.
I’m putting my own wobbles away. I won’t bore you with the fact that, in my head, it’s only about five minutes since my daughter looked like this:
I won’t take up your time sharing my inevitable feelings of wonder that the past four years have slipped by so quickly. I won’t indulge any bereft feelings I may harbour after spending our best ever summer together as a family.
I’ll leave you to find out for yourself that my daughter is independent, funny, stubborn, but sometimes shy. I’ll leave you to discover that her loves in life at the moment are Peppa Pig, Olly Murs, telling herself stories and dancing.
Get ready School. Because she’s ready for you. Bring it on…
A First Time School Mum.