It’s been over a month now since Olive has started preschool – and it’s been a little bit of an adjustment for both of us.
As you might imagine, dropping her off at school is difficult. It’s gotten a lot better as of late, but there are still the few dramatic tears when I say goodbye (which all the teachers quickly reassure me disappear almost instantly when I’m out of sight.) When it’s time to pick her up at the end of the day, I sometimes get there a little early just to watch her from the sidelines; she seems happy, content, and independent. Which makes me so happy – and yet, a little sad that time is passing by so quickly.
As for myself, having this new influx of free time has been a little shocking to me – where I once felt like I was scrambling to take care of Olive as well as build my own business (which often meant working late into the early morning while Olive was down for the night), I now find myself being able to do other things, like read, or watch TV, or just relax after she goes to bed. I’m not sure why but I feel a certain guilt associated with that; like I’m being lazy or unproductive. I guess I’ve been going at a non stop pace for so long, that I’ve forgotten what it’s like to just be.
To those of you who are on the fence about sending your child to preschool (like I was initially), I can totally understand why you’d like to keep them at home for a little longer. Between your kid probably getting sick more often (schools really are just a cess pool of germs) and the additional cost, it seems like putting it off is a the better thing to do. But personally, I’m really glad we put Olive in preschool – in the little time she’s been in there her personality has already changed for the better – she’s more confident amongst her peers, she’s more independent and her already extensive vocabulary as exploded. It’s been really fun watching her blossom, and I can’t wait to see what else she brings home from school. (Not germs, again, NOT GERMS, please.)
Thanks to all of you who gave me advice on how to transition both Olive and I into school, you’ve been more helpful than you know.
Photo Credit: Erin J Saldana Photography