Starting school is one of the biggest milestones of a child’s life. I had no idea what to expect. I naively thought it would be easy. It wasn’t. It is a learning curve for the whole family. For those parents who have children starting school this September here are a few things I wish I would of known.
You will never get used to the school run
The school run is hard work. It is actually hard to understand why but truthfully it will drive you mad. Getting all your children up and dressed and out of the house in time is so stressful. It also rains a lot at 3.15pm. It can be blue sky all day but as soon as 3pm comes it starts raining.Buy an umbrella or at least a coat with a hood! Don’t say I didn’t warn you
It takes time
I naively thought it would be easy once they started school maybe a few tears during the first week. It was much harder than this. It it took a long time tor Meme to settle in. She is a September baby and turned 5 a couple of weeks after starting school. She seemed more than ready for this transition and was so excited at first. Excitement was replaced by uncertainty. It was a horrible time for all of us. She didn’t cry or protest going to school but she just wasn’t herself. It truthfully took around 6 months for her to adapt. I felt so much worry but many teachers have told me since this is perfectly normal.
Starting school for Harri (who is a Summer baby) was really easy. She settled in after just a couple of weeks. Every child is different.
It is important to make friends
I actually made a real effort to make friends in the playground and I am so glad I did. You see these people every single day so it’s nice to see a friendly face. It is also nice to have someone to chat to who is going through the same thing as you. Who is also experiencing the school and teachers for the first time. Sometimes you just need a little bit of advice from someone who understands.
Say Goodbye to your weekends.
The amount of parties you will be invited to is crazy. Every weekend there is something else. In the first few months you are a little worried if your child isn’t invited to one but by the end of the year you are relieved. Stockpile children’s party gifts and have a stack of birthday cards on the ready.
Accept your child for who they are
You learn so much about your child when they start school. They grow so much it is bittersweet to watch. When I was in school, I was quite a popular child, excitable and cheery, who loved starting school. I expected Meme to be the same, she isn’t, she is a completely different character. I guess it took me a while to understand this and, whilst at times I still get frustrated by her, I do try to understand and let her take things at her own pace. Now 5 years after she started school she is this amazing confident independent little girl.
Once they start school, time whizzes by. It is so scary. Meme starts year 5 in September, it honestly feels like she has only just started. They school years are amazing. Full of achievements and celebrations, friendships and growth. You will watch your child changes before your very eyes. Make sure you cherish every moment.