January 16, 2017

2017 is the year that everything will change.

I won’t be a full-time stay at home mother for all of my children, for the first time since 2012. It’s not because of something I am doing, it’s one of my children that is insisting on changing the game. Next year, my eldest son (4 years old) starts pre-school.

I will be the mother of a pre-schooler. Whoa, how did that happen? Why didn’t anyone tell me that they grow up? Is it too late to stick a brick on his head to stop him from getting any bigger?

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I’m not sure how to handle this. I don’t think I’m ready, but he definitely is. He is growing tired of playing ‘baby games’ with his two younger brothers. He has been acing his learning game and is able to write his name, read simple sentences like ‘I am a cat’, and match words to pictures. He still needs some practice with numbers, often getting muddled, but it will click one day and I know he’ll ace that too.

I have spent the past couple of months attending pre-school preparation appointments. We had an information session, then a 1:1 appointment with his teacher, and finally an orientation day.

The information session was a shock to the system. It was our first schooling experience as parents which, can I just say, is completely different from this side of the desk. There was a huge folder of paperwork, a bunch of teachers whose names I desperately tried to memorise, and a LOT of parents who were also slightly freaking out. We learnt about the structure of a normal pre-school day, about suitable lunch box items, and about the school itself. It was information overload and I’m sure I missed some things even though I was taking notes (yes, I’m one of those).

The one on one session was great. Our little guy got to meet his teacher in a quiet environment, which was important to us because he is unbelievably shy. His teacher was friendly, gentle, and made us feel very comfortable.

The orientation day was a great chance for our son to familiarise himself with his new school and classmates. Though he stuck very close to me for the most part, he also had a little play on the equipment, and a look around the classroom.

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Overall I feel comfortable with our choice in school, but nervous about this big change. It’s going to be very quiet around here next year (although I’ll still have a one year old and a two year old hanging around so there will still be plenty of noise!)

I’m excited for our boy to experience new things, to start this next phase in his life, and I am so hopeful that it is the beginning of a love of learning for him, just as it was for me when I was in school.

I’m feeling anxious about possible phone calls from the principal, potential bullying scenarios (whether he is being bullied, or being a bully), and inevitable emotional turmoil.

It is a new time for our family. An exciting, terrifying, incredible change is coming. I don’t think I’ll ever be ready, but I’ll hold my boys hand, tell him that it is going to be amazing, and then go back to the car and bawl my eyes out while he (hopefully) has the time of his life.

What were your child’s first days at pre-school like? Share with us in the comments.


  • you need to prepare for preschool now?

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  • I didn’t realise there were parenting phases. I just thought you’re a parent, that’s that, deal with it

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  • They grow up so fast don’t they.

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  • My son 7 year old is happy ???? to be big brother because we had a new baby ???????? came hi don’t want go school because hi is exiting

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  • My youngest couldn’t wait to get to school and be with his siblings. Didn’t want me to even be there on the first day.

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  • My youngest couldn’t wait to start because it meant he could head off with his older brother. He didn’t want to leave my side that first morning but, by the time he got home, he wanted the morning to hurry up so he could go back and start all over again.

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  • It is such an exciting time. Preschool is so much fun for kids. It’s a simple introduction to what school will be like and enough time away from home for them to ready themselves. And yes, you will be waiting outside on that first day wanting to know and hear all about it. You won’t be disappointed. They love it.

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  • Exciting times !! Luckily it’s only 1 of your children which starts pre-school ;) and we can grow with our children and get used by the changes gradually.

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  • starting kinder in a few weeks eeeeek!

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  • Starting pre-school is such a wonderful time and the kids thrive on the social interaction and bringing home various creations. Enjoy the experience and treasure it too as it does whizz by far too quickly.

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  • I wish 2017 will be better for all world

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