I was completely unprepared for him to start kindergarten. As last summer was coming to an end I really thought I was ready but I realize now how completely unprepared I was for no one to have their eyes on my little guy every second that he was away from me.
Who me? Helicopter parent? Of course not. But I’ll just make sure he eats all his veggies with his lunch. And I’ll ask him every time we’re getting ready to leave the house if he needs to pee. And I’ll make sure I know exactly where he is on the playground at all times. I guess I hadn’t given any thought to the fact that one teacher couldn’t possibly keep track of what each of the 21 angels in her classroom were doing at any particular moment, nor should she.
I read a quote on a blog somewhere recently and it couldn’t have hit truer to home. “We will support him from beside, from a position of strength, not rush ahead of him, putting him in a position of weakness.” In the 5-1/2 years leading up to kindergarten I had thought I was supporting him from beside when I think I was actually rushing ahead of him, making sure everything would always be just right.
I am so thankful he is thriving in kindergarten. He loves every single minute of it – the friends, the freedom, music class, gym time and definitely all the books. And now, in all we do, I try to think of parenting him from a position of strength, instead of putting him in a position of weakness.
How do you feel about your littles first year of kindergarten?