The first day of kindergarten for parents can be a hard day. It’s a big milestone. That moment when parents watch their child head off to school all by themselves. The experience produces so much emotion in moms and dads that they’re often not sure how to react.
This year my oldest is starting kindergarten and since he’s an October birthday, we actually had an extra year to prepare. I’ve felt all the emotions from sad and nervous to excited and proud! And I can officially say we are ready! I will miss him so much when he is at school but we are ready to cross this bridge and I’m excited to see the mountains he will climb!
We asked our community of moms to share their insights about back-to-school season, and many responded with varying emotional responses on the transition to kindergarten. We’ve compiled many of their feelings here so you too will realize that there is another parent somewhere who is sharing an emotion similar to yours.
I’ve been counting the days until they are back in school so I can actually get things accomplished during the day…lol. I’ll have my 19
monthold with me all day but I’m looking forward to giving her the one-on-one time that she deserves. It usually takes me a few weeks to get into a new groove without them around.
The greatest things I’ve found to help are to find and “do” my purpose/passions. Many times when we become parents we give our all to them and then when they are away…we feel so lost or incomplete. I learned through my own transformation that what I was missing is taking care of me as much as I’ve taken care of them. Filling up my cup and helping others is my purpose. What are the things you love to do without kids that you can help yourself with and then share it with others to help you feel fulfilled?
I was one of the moms who came home the first day of school and ran around the house with a mimosa screaming “I’m FREEEEEEEEEE”. I’m actually having a harder time as they get older and more independent and spend so much of the summer doing stuff.
My oldest started kindergarten last week and I just miss her. Like I long for her and I hurt that she has seemed to grow up so fast. She’s my helper. It’s just weird without her. I know they have to grow but it’s bittersweet.
I did a dance when school started. My oldest has ADHD and needs a super structured day. My middle potentially has ADHD as well but they won’t test her until next year when she starts kindergarten. She’s also much better with structure. This was the first summer they were home with me and
ournow one-year-old. I needed school to start back!
TIPS From Veteran Parents
You and your kindergartener are probably feeling anxious about the first day of kindergarten. The first day of kindergarten is a big deal even for parents. These tips can help make the transition to school less scary.
- Visit the school
- Begin by believing that everything really is going to be OK!
- Be an advocate if you have a special-needs child.
- Read a
few firstday of kindergarten books to get ready.
- Consider apps to help with kindergarten readiness.
- Talk to your child about bullying.
- Be sure to capture important firsts.
- Even when it’s hard to do, cherish the big and small moments of the year.
The first day of kindergarten for parents
The first day of kindergarten is a major milestone for kids and parents. The launch of your child’s formal learning career, it’s also the beginning of new independence and of family life organized around school hours.
The school year can be a busy time for parents. This year I hope to be in the moment and be more forgiving of my ability to do it all. I hope to take time to truly be there with my boys, listen to each story, to play, and take in every part of this crazy time in my life. This is much more important than worrying about constantly filling up the calendar with
You’re off to great places. Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way! -Dr. Seuss