To say today is an emotional day would be an understatement. It’s a day I’ve been dreading for quite some time because I knew it would be hard to say goodbye to this chapter in our lives.
Over the last two years Miller has been attending an early years school. I decided to start him there when he turned two and, after the initial wobbles, we haven’t looked back.
My feelings towards education has always been mixed. I struggle to comply with a Government who sets such high demands on our children at such a young age, with such little support for our teachers. And I’ve often wondered whether the education system was going to be right for us. Toying with the idea of home educating our son. However, since enrolling him into this pre school I have no doubt that, with the right school and teachers, it can be a wonderful experience. And it’s certainly the right way for us.
I have watched my baby grow from a two year old, struggling with his emotions, finding it difficult to concentrate, join in with group activities or focus on one activity, to a boy of four, who loves writing, asks questions about our world and teaches me a thing a two. A baby who never wanted to do anything without Mama to a kid who has grown into a kind, sociable and popular member of a group. Someone who went from not wanting to mix with other children at all, to developing strong friendships with children he talks about with great passion and love. All thanks to the support we’ve had from the fantastic team of carers at his pre school, who have guided him and worked with us to ensure all his needs have been met.
The sadness comes from a good place. It’s a happy sadness that comes from a journey of love. And, although we’re excited about the next chapter in his life, having to say goodbye to the people we have grown so fond of is a hard thing to do.
We are looking forward to a summer of fun with many of them, but come September, we start a fresh with new children, teachers and parents.
With change comes uncertainty but thanks to the strong foundations we have been able to give him over the years, I now know he’s ready for this change.
Miller I am so proud of everything you have achieved. You have bravely gone into the unknown and built relationships on your own and developed friendships that you will treasure forever. You work so hard to learn about the world and your surroundings, you take on challenges with great gusto and you’re so caring and considerate of your friends. (Most of the time!)
I know you are thinking lots about starting big school and making new friends. I know it can all seem a little bit scary, but I know that you are going to be just fine, because you are you. Your smile, your enthusiasm, kindness and comedic prowess fills a room with joy and I have no doubt that you are going to thrive in the next chapter of your life.
Mummy and Daddy will be there for you at every step of the way. Whether it’s a cuddle and a reassuring kiss, answers to the questions you have or a wrestle with Daddy to blow off some steam. You got it kid. We got you.
For all the Mama’s (and Daddies) out there feeling emotional about the last day of pre school. I’m with you. And if you’re holding back the tears know you are not alone today. I am a blubbering wreck who can no longer hold back the tears. They will not stop and I’ve still got an afternoon concert to go through. (I’m sure the teachers choose the songs with the biggest tear jerker factor!) We got this Mama’s. xx