Tomorrow we go to meet the teacher. It's a rite of passage for each new school year. So here I sit, ugh, I have a list of about 42 questions I want to ask her. When's this? What's that? I want to convey to her all the amazing things about my child that she must see in him, too. I want to hold his hand the whole time. I want the teacher to tell me exactly what each day will look like. I want a schedule and a room with a 2 way mirror so I can just sit and watch him all day long. I want to jump into the future and already know that he is adjusted and happy to be going to school.
But I won't do those things. I won't have those things. And I won't say those things. Because it's time for him to fly a little and I have no intention to make things harder on all of us by smothering everybody with my nervous energy and propensity to tear up all the time.
So here is what I WILL do...
1. I will pare down my insanely long questions list to just two. His teacher will have 15 other parents to talk to tomorrow night. I will somehow find the 2-3 most important questions that I have and ask those.
2. I will not hold his hand the whole time. I will instead walk in like it's no big deal and ask him to go explore the room alone. He can do it.
3. After each day at school, I will ask HIM about the schedule and talk with him about his day.
4. I will simply trust that his teacher will discover those amazing things about him. And she will see them in all of the kids in her class. He will be a part of a class. A team.
5. I'm gonna have to keep myself calm, cool and collected. I can do that. I will be relaxed and smiling. Our kids take cues from us. My cue for him is that all will be well. Because it will.
6. I will NOT forget the school supplies. I will NOT forget the school supplies. I will NOT forget the school supplies.
It will be hard in the next week and honestly, I already have a bit of a lump in my throat. This change is a big deal and change has always been rather difficult for my kiddo. But, and this is important, he can do this and so can I. We've been preparing him for weeks. Here we go...
Wish us luck!
Help me with my list, what do you ask your child's teacher on Meet the Teacher night?
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