I’ve just done what just about every parent finds exciting and but also dreads, I’ve registered J at the local school! It’s really exciting because it’s going to be a whole new chapter of his life and he’s growing up but this is also one of the reasons I dread it. He is growing up ….. fast ………. too fast and I dread this. Obviously I want him to grow and learn etc etc but he’s my baby, he’ll always be my baby and I wander how our relationship will change once he’s at school. I love his cuddles but I wander how long it will be before he’s too big to hug his Mum in front of everyone and I love being number one in his life and I’ll always hope that this will never change, until he has children of his own of course. Most of all I love it that he’s my baby and he relies on Mummy still for so much, but as the time is approaching for him to start school I can see that will change so quickly once he’s a big boy at school, he’s already started pointing out to me that he’s not a baby and he can do it! I know he’s going to grow up and it’s so exciting watching him grow but I just wish each stage lasted a little longer.
The other reason I’m dreading it is because of his behaviour. I know we’re seeing someone about it now and the school seemed very welcoming and understanding and so on but I’ve worked with children for long enough to know it won’t take long after his first “moment” for teachers, parents and other children to start labeling him as “naughty”. He’s not naughty, he just has issues that are being dealt with. I’m worried that this could happen and I’m very aware that labels like that can stick for an entire school life, which is something that we don’t want. He’s a good kid and we’re very proud of him!
So now I’ve filled the application forms out and handed them back in I’m worrying, have I picked the right school? Will they be able to deal with him and his “moments” appropriately? Will he get the education he deserves? (He’s a very smart kid) I know alot of parents must ask themselves the same questions and everyone deals with things their own way. I personally am thinking of writing a list of questions to ask when we go for our interview at the school next month, maybe then I’ll be able to relax a little more about the whole thing.
I know one thing for certain, there will be tears when I leave him for his first day in January, (mostly from me! lol), but until then I’m going to enjoy every moment with him………. and obviously continue to do so once he’s started this new and exciting stage in his life.