And, on a smaller scale, I was a little worried about whether or not there'd be tears on my end. After all, this is my baby taking her first tentative steps into the big world.
The good news is that there was no tear shedding on my part. But it is still early in the day, so who knows what will happen between now and her pick up time of 1 pm (first day is a half day). I mean there's a whole 124 minutes to go. Not that I'm counting, right?!
But back to Maya. While there was some initial clinging and crying, (nothing too dramatic, I am happy to report), we managed to rationalise with her and soon had her seated with a puzzle which she immediately began to pull apart and then confidently proceeded to put back together. There was the occasional glance towards my direction to make sure mummy was still around. Minutes later I was asked to say goodbye to her and to reassure her that I would be returning to pick her up shortly. There was to be no final goodbye kiss or hug, which was just as well because although I consider myself to be a well seasoned mother, I am certain that a hug or kiss would have ended with tears on both our parts.
After saying goodbye to my precious girl, I lingered outside her class room for a few minutes. Much to my disappointment, I couldn't hear her little voice calling out to me (I mean, who doesn't want to feel that their baby still needs them and wants them?!). In fact, when I peered through the little window on the class room door, she was happily arranging colourful pieces of her puzzle.
To be honest though, I'm not too surprised by Maya's ability to settle down quite quickly, After all, this is a little girl who can strike up a conversation with almost anyone she comes across, who confidently expresses her opinion, who loves to meet and play with other kids her own age and loves to mother kids who are younger than her. She made it quite clear from a young age that she could dress herself, feed herself and clean her self. She was toilet trained relatively early and has no problem taking herself to the toilet. So, she should be fine. No, she should be better than fine.
Have I convinced you yet? Because, to be honest I'm not sure I've convinced myself. Okay, so technically, she'd be doing great on her first day at pre-school. But what if she's not? I mean, although I can't imagine what could possibly go wrong, what if something does go wrong?
The voice of reason reassures me that she's been left at a reputable pre-school with qualified staff and that if anything was to go pear shaped, I'd receive a telephone call to let me know.
But of course, as many of you know, the voice of reason doesn't tend to be all that strong when our babies leave our full time care and go into the care of others. Whether it's the first day of child care, pre-school or school, we are as parents plagued with worries that often turn out to be unnecessary. Because when it comes to being parents, there are times when we abandon the voice of reason and simply allow ourselves to be swept in a tide of emotionally charged thoughts. And today, is such a day. So for the meantime, I will allow myself to worry about my little girl and to miss her terribly. And when I pick her up in a couple of hours' time, there will be a sense of relief that I have managed to successfully make the first steps onto the (long) road of trusting other people with the care and education of my precious child.
Did any of your children start their first day at care/pre-school/school this year? If so, how did you both manage? For our readers with older children, what are your memories of your child(ren)'s first day at school? And finally, do you have any tips for getting through the first day of school without too many tears (for all parties involved!)? I'd love to hear your stories.
(On a different note, I would like to welcome back all our readers and to invite you to e-mail me any queries or topic suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Although my posts on this blog often tend to relate to my own mothering experiences, I'm happy to address wider, more generalised parenting issues that may be of interest to our readers.)
Edited by *Ghania*, 05 February 2009 - 04:58 PM.