Friday, January 6, 2012

Things I Know: I'm a Preschooler's Parent!

It's official. We are now parents of a preschooler! How in the world did that happen so fast??!!!

Yesterday, the little pumpkin attended her first day in Nursery 1, preschool. The boy and I were there with her for half a day, and brought her home after lunch {they provide breakfast, lunch and arvo tea}. She seemed to enjoy making friends, playing with the other kids and did not cry much. The only time she gave a big wail was when another toddler boy bit her on the arm so hard it bled a little!!! Oh goodness, she was so upset... and honestly, so was I (T_T)"

I'm still torn on sending her to preschool. The little pumpkin is my first child and I do love her so. This is the first time that she is being looked after by outsiders, and away from us for so long in the day... the boy and I decided that sending her to preschool would be good for her to make friends since she is such a sociable little lady and would encourage her inquisitive spirit, but I'm such an 親ばか (oyabaka, foolish adoring parent) that I'm still worried about her being bullied, not eating or sleeping well there etc. I seem to be the one having child-separation anxiety, not our little pumpkin having parent-separation anxiety! Probably because she is used to me working and being taken care of by my mother.

Despite all my fears, I know deep down that this would benefit her. Independence, social skills, communication and multicultural understanding are just some of the things she will learn in a school setting. During lunch, she even insisted on feeding herself... awww!

Entering preschool is a milestone not just for the little pumpkin, but for us as parents. Mothering is a journey, not a race and just as there are many things for our young daughter to learn through her life journey, there are many things that I'm learning as a mother. And I'm sure the boy feels the same way as a father too.

Education is not just about learning the a,b,c's and 1,2,3's. It's also about sharing a sandwich with a friend, or helping a classmate who fell down and cried. These are the significant, yet intangible things that I hope the little pumpkin will learn and I do hope that she will enjoy her education journey. After all, yesterday was just the first step in about 18 years of formal education!

Did your child just start preschool or primary school? 
How did you cope in the initial stage?

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Our 365 Days said...

Aww that's so sweet!! I remember when my oldest started preschool! My youngest will be starting soon! It's such a fun time!

Unknown said...

Aww, adorable picture!! My daughter started nursery school recently too. It's nerve-wracking at first, that's for sure! Just talk to the teachers regularly, they don't mind, or at least they shouldn't!! They should keep you informed of how she's doing, which will e reassuring for you. And don't worry, she will adjust! My daughter loves it now, she talks about how much she had all afternoon when she gets home. =) When she first started, she didn't want me to leave and cried, but that is normal. I made them PROMISE to call me if she stayed upset for more than 15 minutes at a time.

Me said...

Enjoy every minute - they grow up too quickly !

Visiting courtesy of TIK at Kellie's !

Kyrstie@A Fresh Legacy said...

Oh reading your post made me nervous! My nearly 4 year old will start Kinder in a few weeks and I am also nervous and anxious about him making this first step away from my apron strings. It will be an adjustment for all of us but I think he will love kinder and making new friends.

Karla {Ironmum Karla} said...

Hi Ai, thanks for finding me on Instagram too! That is such a great idea!!

I have just returned from taking my youngest to day care for the first time, she is 16 months but at an age I feel is good for her to go and started socialising. Only 1 day a week.

My eldest started at the same age and it felt perfect.

It was so hard and I have had knots in my tummy all week but I know it is best for her in the long run.

Such milestones they are, and most of the worry lies with the parent, kids are so resiliant!

Susan said...

Sending your kids to sch is a bittersweet experience. For me, I sent Sophie to infant care when she was she was merely 4 months old as I had to return to work. Although it was so painful and I felt so guilty at the start, I don't regret it one bit now as she's so independent and social. It's a bonus that she enjoys sch and learning so much.

Stacy said...

Wow in preschool already? I'm sure the separation anxiety will lessen before you know it. But I totally understand your mother-bear feelings when she got bitten!

Ai Sakura said...

Another BloggerMom: Yes it's fun and exciting.. if only I can get the worries out of my head!

Camille: thanks for the tips! :)

Me: I will, thanks for dropping by ;p

Kyrstie: I do think the " making friends" part is a big draw. My girl is about 2.5 yrs old so I think your son should adjust faster at 4 yrs old :)

Karla: thanks for the reassurance.. we plan to let her attend for about 3 days a week and see how it goes :P

Susan: Good to hear! hope that for my bub too :)

Bee said...

It's so normal to be worried and wonder if you're doing the right thing when your little one starts school. I felt the exact same way when the boys started in 2010. Now I know that I did the right thing and they love it. They have friends, they get to play and do cool things, and they socialise. The big boy is starting primary school full time in 17 sleeps and again I am nervous and anxious about it all, but I know after he settles in he will love it too!

Anonymous said...

It's such a big step. I found it really hard on my eldest's first day of preschool. Know I'm facing the first day of Prep with exactly the same anxiety!!

Rhianna said...

How super exciting for you all, fairy wishes and butterfly kisses to a wonderful educational experience

Really Ninja said...

So exciting! I'm sure she'll have a lovely time. And I'm sure you'll get used to it, and I'm sure you will start looking forward to hearing about her day. I look forward to that, the time when my kiddies start telling me about their own adventures, together or apart (they're twins). I will tell them about mine so together we will grow. They go to daycare now and learn a lot there. They have friends and sometimes the daycare ladies are better at teaching them things than I am! I'm looking forward to reading more about your pumpkin's explorations.

Anonymous said...

My little boy starts next month, one day a week. He is going to love it, and I just keep thinking, this is the last year he will be home with me during the day (school next year). I am going to both love it and miss him I think.

Unknown said...

Oh, my son is 4. He was in Daycare at the same place until last fall, when he moved to pre-school. I was nervous, but he loves it so much, and during the holiday break, has been asking to go back!

I'm a new follower! Your blog is great!


Shelomita said...

When my son started attending the nursery, I jumped every five minutes looking for him. I felt so empty and weird without him hanging around, bragging me with this and that, and kept forgetting that he was in the nursery. There were times I was shocked thinking that he had gone missing! How fool isn't it?? :)

momto8 said...

She looks ready for preschool! When my oldest child first went to preschool I thought I would be so happy to have one less kid..then I missed her so much and worried about her I was shocked at my own emotions! just wait till college...

Ai Sakura said...

Thanks for sharing all your different experiences :) Nice to know I'm not the only one going through these feelings. Making a digital scrapbook album of her first day now. Will post it next week!

oomph. said...

she'll do just fine! my son is in preschool, too. he puts up a fuss when i drop him off, but i know he enjoys himself once i'm gone.

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Mary @SweepingMe said...

Awwww...Adorable...They do grow so fast...I just blink my eyes and they are 11 and 7 now...Enjoy!


Breena said...

What a little sweetie! I'd love for you to share this at my "Life is About..." blog hop going on now at "Life as this Mommy knows It"!

p.s. - I'm your new GFC follower :)

Anonymous said...

Hi, may I know which pre school are you sending your little princess to? I'm now in the process hunting for preschool for my little one.