We did it. we took the plunge and registered Little One for Junior Kindergarten. Most of you already know of my feelings of reservation about sending my 3 year old to ALL DAY Junior Kindergarten. The long days, long bus rides…It just breaks my heart.
I guess I’ve also felt cheated out of my time with her. When I wasn’t able to have that special bonding time with her at home when she was a newborn (because she spent the first 70 days of life in the NICU), I told myself I would spend as much of her formative years with her. I didn’t want her to be raised by a babysitter or nanny…or anyone else. I wanted to be with her. We were able to arrange for me to do this and I know for some families, this is not possible.
After all, kids are only little once. The time between infancy and school age is so short. It’s a drop in the bucket compared to what’s in store for them the rest of their lives. Seriously, if you think of it, Little One will be spending most of her life in school. After which, the rest of her life will be spent working.
I just want her to enjoy being a kid.
I feel once they go to school, they’re open to so many outside influences (like swear words and poor habits, for example). I know I need to just step back, take a deep breath, and let go.
It’s just so hard. What’s even harder for me is seeing how much she enjoyed herself tonight. She LOVES her school, the teacher, and her friends. Yep! My baby is all grown up.
Oh, boy. This parenting business is definitely not for the faint of heart : )