Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Preschool Parenting

"Teacher, there are some things that I still have to learn" ~ George Michael

Q starts preschool in just a couple of weeks, and it's the best of timing and the worst of timing . . . all at the same time. I know he's excited and ready for this new adventure, and it's only two mornings a week to start. But with the new baby coming, I don't want him to feel like we're pushing him out of the house. As in "we've got a better model now, get your little booty to preschool!" One preschool teacher friend told me that I should hope that she comes late so that he'll be off to school first and won't associate it with the baby's arrival. Another preschool teacher friend told me that Q starting preschool is the perfect special, big-boy activity. Like he's got something just for him. I'm of course going with the latter school of thought. Or I'm trying anyway.

Leading up to the actual first day of class, there are a number of events for both the parents and the students. We've already attended our new parents orientation. This weekend we're going to a little meet and greet with the other families in his class at a local park. The following weekend there's a parent work party to help spruce up the school. And the Thursday before school starts, there's a "get acquainted" day at the school so the kids can see their classrooms and meet their teachers. What I like about his preschool is that, although it's not a co-op, there's a ton of parental involvement. I'm looking forward to getting involved, but right now it's tough to imagine how much time I'll have to give with a newborn. I so want to be a good preschool parent. I want Q to know how important his school is to me, and I want the staff and other parents to know I'm not some slacker. T said I should plan to get more involved next year and that folks will understand why I can't do more now. I guess he's right. But in the meantime, I'm attending all aforementioned events. We'll see how the rest of the year goes.

I'm trying not to get too stressed out about the fact that LL's due date coincides with Q's first week of school. If we had better planned for this pregnancy, then we wouldn't have thrown two major changes at Q at the same time. But I feel in my heart that he will love his preschool. There are so many cool activities, great teachers, so much time for free play, and he loves to be around other kids. Still, I don't want my focus on LL's impending arrival to take away from his milestone. My baby boy is going to preschool!

Parents of preschoolers (now or in the past), how did you help your kids to prepare? How did you adjust? What makes one a good preschool parent?

1 comment:

  1. I wish I had some advice to offer, but unfortunately, I don't. Sorry. Just here to sympathize and say that I'm sure you'll get through this. At least you are making plans for how you'd like for things to work out with LL's arrival and Q's entering preschool. That's the first and most important step!