Is Mommy ready for preschool?

For me the most heart-breaking way to start my day is if Luke, age 2, starts crying when I walk out the front door. His little sister Amy is still too young to understand and just gives a big toothy smile no matter what is happening around her – bless her…

But it’s that sad little face, tear-filled big blue eyes and the quiver in the voice of my beautiful baby boy that has stopped me from putting him into nursery school as yet. I don’t even want to imagine how he will react and feel the first morning I have to leave him there.

Will he feel like he’s been abandoned? Will he cry ‘mama mama’ as I have to turn my back and walk out the door? Will his little life be shattered and only go back to being normal when mommy comes through the door to bravely rescue her little man from his terrible day of drawing, numbers and colours?

Probably not! The truth is he’ll probably be fine 5 minutes after I walk out the door, strike up a conversation with the closest willing child (he likes to talk a lot) and have forgotten all about me before I’ve even had time to dry my tears in the parking lot… 

And with all that said – have I even started looking for a nursery school yet? No...

Our children are far more resilient than we give them credit for – I think it’s the parents that are a little more sensitive. Up until now, I know Luke has been happy spending each day with Granny and his little sister but I can’t keep him at home forever. Can I?

He’s such an intelligent, outgoing little boy that he will need to go to school soon. Once a week Granny takes Luke and Amy to a play group where they get to play, sing songs, do crafts etc and interact with other kids.

I took a day’s leave a few weeks ago to go along and see what the big adventure was all about. Well let’s just say that when it came time to play outside and most of the children were piling onto the wooden play structure, Luke was the only child going down the ladder (happily shouting ‘weeeee’ as his slid his bum down the wood) when all the other children were trying to climb up...

So when is the right time to send my child to school? When he’s 3? Maybe 4? Or perhaps I should just lock him up and keep him all to myself until he’s 21? I really do love my little boy and hate the idea of doing anything that will make him cry but at some time we both have to be big, wipe away our tears and take that first big step into school.

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