Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Count Down to Preschool

The upcoming school year is just around the corner. In just a few short weeks, children will be heading back to school. For me, it's bringing with it a mountain of mixed feelings.

You see, my 3 year old will be starting preschool. To me this isn't just any 3 year old. This is my first born. My baby girl. My Princess Ninja. I know eyes are rolling and thoughts of "Oh brother" and "Get over it" are screaming through my computer screen.

I think to myself: Isn't this what you wanted? Now you're having second thoughts. After all, preschool isn't mandatory. She can be mama's little girl for another year. 

After all the work it took to find the right preschool, I'm having mixed feelings. The Mister and I went through so much trouble trying to get her in. We had to search high and low to narrow down our list to a few schools. We chatted with parents to get their input. Then there were applications, application fees, interviews, and waiting lists. It was so stressful. On top of that, how do I even know it's the RIGHT preschool for HER?

I knew one day the big girl step of going to school would come. I realize this isn't even "real" school. It isn't even for the full-day. I really don't know why I'm hesitating about this.

I also realize this will be good for her. It'll allow her the opportunity to interact with kids her own age. To grow and learn. This will provide her with things I can't. She'll love it...I hope.

I know I'm being selfish, but can't I be selfish for one more year?


  1. I so hear you. We've had to postpone preschool for our 2-1/2 year old simply because of financial reasons, but I have to admit that I am not deeply saddened by the idea of having him around a little bit longer. You're not alone.

    HRH Mommy

  2. I'm still holding back too but because of a really personal reasons but I understand what you're talking girl. Just finding the right preschool is hard enough.

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  4. I completely understand. My son won't even start until next year and I already have anxiety over it. I will totally be the crazy lady circling the parking lot just waiting for him to come out. But, as I keep being told by everyone, it's a great way to get the kids around other kids and practice their playing nice together skills. ;)
    Good Luck!

  5. Oh man. We're thinking of putting our 2.5yo in preschool next year and I can totally imagine having those same feelings.

  6. I said this to another mom, you aren't loosing your child -- you get to see a face full of excitement when you are reunited every day! She'll be brimming with stories, and you'll have more quality time together.

  7. Well, I'm going to give you my honest opinion: you're doing the right thing! Preschool is a terrific concept. It teaches children how to socialize...there, I said it!
    Be happy with the decision you made.

  8. Oh! I have been having the same feelings now that Tater is 3 and I feel like he needs to go. And I want him to go, but I don't...

  9. I emphathize! KLV isn't preschool age yet but it will be so hard letting her go. I'll take comfort in the fact that she'll have the time of her life.

  10. That's funny I'm having the same feelings about my son going to day care and is not even 2.
    I hope I will be better prepared when preschool season rolls around ;)

    Hang in there, babies birds eventually learn to fly...

  11. Aww, my 3 year old starts preschool too!! Isn't it sad, our baby's are growing up so quickly!