It’s official my little man is a big pre-school boy.
I have been preparing myself for this moment for a few weeks now, yet when his first day rolled around, nothing actually prepared me for how I felt. It was a bittersweet moment. Whilst I am thrilled he is loving it so much and thriving at the new challenges he is facing, I can’t help but feel a tinge of sadness.
I have been put off sending him to pre-school / or kindy until he was three as I loved having him at home, plus I have felt I was able to give him enough ‘mental stimulation’ at home with a combination of playgroup, toddler gym classes and swimming lessons as well as playground adventures, messy and outdoor play and quiet at home time. I have however, noticed in the last couple of months that he is ready for something more…
Pre-School has offered him the ‘more’ I wasn’t able to give… more fun, more social interaction, more crafts and activities, more challenges (even just sitting on the mat for mat time can be a challenge when you haven’t done it before).
For now he is going three mornings a week and he is in him element. Thats not to say the goodbyes each morning have been seamless but they are definiately getting better and hey, we are only into our second week. I really love hearing him talk about his pre-school, his friends and teachers. I love asking him about his morning and what he has done. I love chatting to his teachers and hearing how he is going. I love that he loves it and is enjoying it.
Plus, for me it is lovely to have the one on one time with Isabelle while he is there but our house feels so quiet and so empty! Although, Isabelle’s naptime comes around and I find myself wandering around wondering what to do, clearly avoiding the many jobs I could do, instead wishing I had my little mate to build towers with, colour with, bake with and play with.
It is one of life bittersweet moments, you want your children to grow up, explore and see the wider world but at the same time you want them to stay your baby forever.
At what stage did you send your little one to pre-school / kindy? How did you find it?