Hello (again)! I thought I would start exactly where I left off – with a new blog post. I hope you enjoy reading Style Lemon and for those who are interested in getting to know me a bit better, I also prepared a short bio that can be read here.
Off to the real world we go. Mark, my almost 2-year-old son, just recently started attending kindergarten. I must tell you, I was so excited about it! I had no fear whatsoever. I was a stay-at-home-mom for an extra year and lately I was falling short on how to entertain him. I did my research online (btw, I truly suggest this book: Child’s Play: Montessori Games and Activities for Your Baby and Toddler by Maja Pitamic) and asking friends about various activities I could do with him, but I felt something was still missing. So that’s why I was so excited for him to go, to explore this other world I couldn’t offer him, other perspectives, to meet other peoples characters, get new friends, etc.
First week went great. Second week, too. But once he realized this is not a play place, but a real 5 times a week thing, the mornings got tough. To top it off, I recently got a job, so drop offs, when my boyfriend was away, were very early in the morning. He would be the first toddler to arrive and almost the last one to leave. I admit, emotions took me over and some tears were shed. But then I looked at Mark and he was laughing at me. The first sign of “everything is OK mom”! The day after, he didn’t want to leave kindergarten – imagine that!
Even though mornings are still a little hard and usually involve a good 2 minute cry, knowing it is for the best and that he enjoys it very much, I feel extremely relieved. Also, teachers’ feedback helps a lot, too. I am so impressed by how much progress he made with them in such a short period of time and everything he has experience by now
Any other mom out there with emotional outburst when child entered kindergarten? I heard it’s totally normal!