To be honest, the idea of sending three of my 4 children to school all at once was a mixture of joy and relief. Joy that I would now have some time to myself, and relief that they would be learning more that I had time to teach. Who would have thought that I would relive the difficulties of my schooling as a child through my children.
My heart goes out to my daughters every day as I drop them off at their classes and as they are exposed to the difficulties and complexities of school life. I know that the experiences of making friends, learning to be an individual without being isolated and just being at school all help them grow into the person they will eventually become but all I want to do is to protect them. I often feel totally helpless as they complain “they had no one to play with” “homework is too hard” or “that person is being mean”, I say all the reassuring things that mothers and fathers say but this does not protect us, as parents, from the worry that our children will cope.
I guess all we can do is be there for our children, not pressure them into being the ideal child and the best at everything, but to support them in all they do and let them know that no matter what happens at school and in life that they are the most important little people in our lives.
Posted by kmwalters, 22nd April 2013