For today marks 'back to school' for many.
Our back to school was last week and I am so thankful my 7 year old boy is very happy in his new Year Two class with his new teacher.
He cried before we left on the first day last Tuesday, but as soon as he saw he was sitting beside his best friend, he had nothing but smiles.
His new teacher had spoken to his teacher from last year and thought that might be good for him.
I love her already!
And I taught her daughter when she was in Year 3, lots of years ago.
She finished high school last year.
Do I feel old? Kinda.
But I'm very happy and excited about my boy's teacher this year.
I worked with her when I was teaching and so far, he's the happiest he has ever been at school.
My dear darling little 4 year old daughter on the other hand...
it's so painful I don't know where to start.
Perhaps I could tell you that on my first day of school I climbed to the top of the slippery dip (that's when they still had slippery dips in school playgrounds) and refused to come down! I can still see Mum's face, pleading for me to come down. I didn't until the teacher said he would climb up and carry me down. Both of my children have my attachment issues. I still have them now, and I'm 43 (did I just say that out loud?).
We tried Miss 4 in kindy last year.
She hated it, we pulled her out.
She was only 3, I wasn't working, she didn't need to be there.
This year however, it's basically pre-school.
Next year she'll be in Prep, she needs to stay in kindy.
Tomorrow is her second day (this year).
I'm fairy certain she'll kick and SCREAM just like she did last Tuesday.
She does not want to go and has been telling me every second of every minute of every hour of every day ever since I picked her up last week.
We have a sticker chart.
We have rewards in place.
She wants to be brave, really she does.
And I've been encouraging her all the way.
I know she can do it.
I just want tomorrow to be over already,
because I don't think it's going to be easy getting her out of the house.
Anyhow, whinge over.
I was a primary school teacher for 13 years,
I used to assure parents all the time.
But it is totally different when the child is yours.