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Was it good for you?

August 24, 2011 - Erin O'Neill
Now get your minds out of the gutter people. This is a family-friendly blog.

The title, of course, is referring to the first day of school. For most districts in the area, kids went back to school this week. For a lot of parents, it is a welcome relief to the sighs and cries of being "so bored I'm gonna die!" For others, however, especially parents of kindergartners or other first-timers, sending little Billy off on his own might be cause for stress and anxiety or genuine sadness for how quickly our children go from thigh-high clingy toddlers to independent little spirits.

It's never easy to let them go, whether it's off to school, across the street for the first time, in the deep end of the pool or out on a busy road with nothing but a learner's permit. I've only experienced a few of the moments of letting go and they seem to get harder as I get older.

Of course, last year I was initiated into the world of Kindergarten: the colored card discipline or reward system (depending on the teacher, I guess), the cliques (yes, they exist), wondering if little Suzy could manage to carry her lunch tray by herself and who would be there to help her put the straw in her Capri Sun? As the weeks went by, we all managed to adjust and now, as an old-timer, it just feels normal.

That's not to say I'm not reflective. Every time I have to say goodbye and leave my child in the hands of others makes me wistful.

But it gets (only a very little, teensy bit) easier the older my child gets and the more she learns about life. And it's helpful that I feel like I am leaving her in the care of some amazing teachers who really love what they do.

I'd like to hear from other parents. How was the first day for you?

In case you're feeling a little blue, here are a few tips. You're not alone.


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