1. Just because you can walk to school, doesn’t always mean you should.
Florida is HOT. I want to walk with him during the cooler months since we live so close, but for now, taking the car up the block feels neccessary. Even then, the heat negates the shower I had 3 hours before. Too bad I’m not allowed to switch off from being a car parent to a walking parent depending on the weather.
2. He won’t have a play-by-play when the day is over.
I was spoiled with preschool. It was only 3 hours a day, and I got to talk to the teacher as I picked him up. I hardly see his teacher now, because she’s busy doing her job (which I can appreciate, having done it myself). But I’m not going to set up a parent-teacher conference after the first week just to find out what all the smiley faces actually mean in the planner he brings home everyday. Anytime I ask William, “What did you do today?” He grins and says, “We just had a lot of fun!”
3. It still makes me sad that he doesn’t cry when I leave.
William is a very friendly and social kid. I’ve never had any trouble dropping him off anywhere even when he was a baby. I watch the other kids sometimes throw fits when their parent’s leave, but William’s never done that. I know he loves me. But part of me wishes that he would cry, at least on his second day. This is the most time he’s spent away from me in one week, except when he spent a few days with family in Colorado. At least on the second day he stopped to give me a hug before I left. And he’s always thrilled to see me during pick-up time.
4. I can actually get errands done!
William by himself is easy. Charlie by himself is easy. But when the two of them get together, they tend to run in different directions when we’re out and about and I’d like to split myself in two. This week I actually got to go to the grocery store when the sun was shining instead of showing up by myself 30 minutes before they close.
5. Don’t procrastinate making lunch.
Seriously. It will make you run late. Then you will rush up to the school making the point from #1 worse. Also, 3 and 5 year olds don’t comprehend what it means to be late. You will end up carrying at least one of them.
Have your kids started school yet this year? How did it go?