10 Ways I'm Going to Show My Child a Little Extra Love During Her First School Year
Just in case my daughter has a hard time her first year at school, I'm going to do all I can to make sure she knows I'm supporting her. Because . . . four weeks. That's all the time I have left to spend with my firstborn at home, and it is flying by at record speed. While my fiercely independent and extroverted little girl cannot wait to head off to kindergarten, I'm already losing sleep over the thought of sending my baby off for an entire day to be cared for by strangers.
It may seem silly, but what if they don't care for her? What if my daughter, who skips, hops, and dances to the beat of her own drum while belting out show tunes at the top of her lungs is too much for her new teachers and classmates? What if she's bullied? What if she has a kindergarten teacher like mine, who made an example of me when she snatched my project off of my desk, tore it up, and dropped it into the rubbish bin in front of the class because I used too much glue?
In total, my daughter will be gone for almost eight hours a day. She will be in school while I spend my days taking her baby sisters to Mommy and Me art classes and story times or on trips to the local aquarium or children's museum. She will be missing out on all of the things we used to do together.
I know that right now it doesn't bother her. Right now, she is excited for this next chapter in our lives, and I hope that that excitement lasts throughout the entire year. And maybe it will! Maybe my fears will prove to be unfounded. But just in case, I want to do all I can to make sure she knows that I'm missing her, loving her, and thinking of her while she's away at school. Read on for 10 simple ways I'm going to do just that.