Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I'm Not Upset About Kindergarten

I'm just not.  I've seen various articles and status updates around the interwebz lately from mothers lamenting the start of kindergarten.

I get it.  It's a milestone.  You worry.  Will the teacher be nice?  Will they make friends?  Will they feel comfortable?  Will they succeed?

I look at Isabella sometimes and I worry about all of those things too.  I don't want her to feel nervous or out of place or sad.  But then I look harder and I know.  I know that she is ready for this next step.  I know that she's ready for kindergarten.

She thrives on the structure and stimulation of school.  She loves to make friends and she's so super smart.  She can even read a little bit on her own.  She's ready.

Maybe it's because she was in school full time last year for Pre-K 4, so I'm already used to it and so is she.  Maybe it's because I know that she's more than prepared and more than capable.

So while I understand this is a milestone.  I'm not worried.  At least not for her.

Who I am worried about is me.  These are the parents and kids I'm going to be stuck with until junior high school and even then I'll probably still be stuck with them.  The neighborhood I live in is peppered with uppity families who think who they are and that's just not me.  I don't want to be stuck with a bunch of douchey parents for the rest of my life.  I also worry about getting all of the school notices filled out properly when they get sent home.  And having to miss everything because I'm working.

Looks like I need to calm my nerves a bit.  Bring on kindergarten!


Ana Lynn Amelio said...

I get what you are saying. I am one of those mom who complained about Kindergarten starting but not because I think my daughter isn't ready. I know I am the one not quite ready to send her off. She is our youngest and my little baby girl and I can't believe she is 6 already. However, I also know the majority of parents (oddly enough they are the ones whose older kids share the classes with my son) and I know that to them I am an outsider... because I married an American. Somehow in their mind that is a betrayal of my country because I didn't chose a Croatian guy. So yeah... fun.

Madonna said...

I'm excited for E to go to kindergarten. She is more than ready to go and looking forward to it. I think it's the "Holy! How is she already old enough for kindergarten?" that gets me. That the past five years have flown by and I missed so much of it, even though I've been there for most of it.

And it's the opposite for me when it comes to class. I'm on a level playing field with most, except that this is my first kid in school, not my third. However, I literally saw a mother pull her cell phone OUT OF HER BRA at orientation. No joke. Keep it "klassy."

AwesomelyOZ said...

My son is in the 2nd grade now and that freaks me out, mainly because I realize I'm getting old :'( He's excited though and ready - very smart. Way more social than me so all will be well. Thankfully, the parents aren't that bad where I am so *whew* - Bring it on 2nd grade!! Have a great one Melissa! -Iva

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