Is it wrong to be beside yourself with excitement about your eldest child starting school? The biggest lad starts school next year and it’s fair to say that I cannot wait. I might be more enthusiasitc than he is, and he is keen. He’s had kindy orientation recently and chatting to other parents, feelings seem mixed about kids trotting off to school. I’ve got a hunch that how you feel about your child starting school depends a lot on whether the kid is the first, last or somewhere in between.
The only or youngest child starting school
These parents are the ones that make comments like “she’ll be fine, but I’ll be teary” or “it’s the end of an era” or “I’m going to miss him”. They are dealing with the transition from being the mother of a baby to being the mother of a big kid. Their child starts school but for them, life as they’ve known it for the last five or so years is coming to an end. They will lose the companionship of their child. Aren’t these parents lovely? They certainly aren’t as awful and cold hearted as me!
The middle or eldest child starting school
These parents are literally jumping with joy at the thought of their child starting school. They say things like ‘we’re both ready’ or ‘bring on February’ or ‘she’s really looking forward to school, and so am I’. No prizes for guessing that I fall in to this category
For these parents school will occupy their child five days a week, sure it’s a short day at school, but those 6 and a half hours with one less kid in the house sounds like bliss. Take one kid out of the mix and suddenly your load is much lighter. When you’re used to getting shit done with three kids, it feels like you can conquer the world when you’re only wrangling two.
No doubt most parent’s have mixed emotions about their child starting school, irrespective of if they are the first or last child. While it’s possible I might get a little teary on my eldest kid’s first day of school, I suspect I’ll be skipping out of the playground. After giving him a gentle shove through the school gates!
How do (or did) you feel about your eldest child starting school?