This week is a big week in our house. This week sees the official start of our school journey. This week is the first stay-and-play session and home visit and to be quite honest, I’m not quite sure what to expect.
I’m finding it quite difficult after being on the other side of the classroom for years to not come across as that ‘pain in the bum parent’ who asks all the questions but if I’m being totally honest, I’m just a bit worried about getting it wrong. Does she have to have a pencil case? Where is best to go for school uniform? Shoes – velcro or buckles? (I already know not laces!) And what about milk – she doesn’t drink milk but should I ask for it anyway in case she changes her mind in September!? Seriously, just so many questions!
I loved school. Like loved school. I was picked on a fair bit at secondary- being called ‘boffin’ and ‘nerd’ were an hourly occurrence for a long time really and there was a lot worse said to me too but do you know what, that didn’t really ever bother me! In my books, it was better to be considered a ‘boffin’ then a naughty kid and in my own righteous way, I got through school fairly unscathed when it came to bullies. I was lucky to find a great group of friends with similar values and I also went to a junior and secondary school with very encouraging, supportive staff. So much so, I even did my teacher training at my old secondary school – I think I was just as much a teacher’s pet as an adult as I was a student! Turns out, I just really love being in a school environment!
So naturally for me, I catastrophise and the idea of getting Thea ready for school just leaves me feeling a bit worried that I will overdo it. I’m trying to play it cool, but in actual fact, I’m really nervous. What if she doesn’t like school? What if she’s the naughty one in the class? What if she hates school? Deep down, I know she will be fine. She is already a pretty good judge of character and certainly likes to do well at things. She’s super curious and asks 1000 questions by 8am every morning. I have no good reason to think that any of these will worries will materialise. She goes to a pre-school already, has some lovely friends and absolutely loves her time there but something’s got me questioning it all, and I think its more the fact that my tiny little human is not quite so tiny anymore.
We’ve got three weeks of pre-school left and then a whole summer ahead of us, and a lot of time is planned after our holiday for just me and Thea to have some quality time ahead of school starting so hopefully by then, both she and I will be ready for her to start this next big adventure!
Have you got a little one starting school this September? Or have you been through it all already? What are your top tips for getting kids ready, and what about for preparing the parents!? I’m sure they’re worse than the kids! Drop me a comment – I’d love to hear from you!