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Monday, September 2, 2013

Why I'm Not Looking Forward to the Start of School

Princess's first day of kindergarten is tomorrow *sob*.  It seems that every time someone hears that she will be going to all-day every-day kindergarten, they immediately tell me that it's so nice that I'll be getting a break.  

Let me clear this up.....I am not getting a break!  I will still have two small children at home.  Princess is good at helping me clean the house and keeping the two little ones entertained.  When she's not here, Little Man places all of his attention on me which means that he follows me around all day talking nonstop so I can't get anything done.  I'll also be getting up 45 minutes earlier to get her ready for the bus at 7:15.  Not only am I not getting a break, but it will be harder to not have her here.

For the rather insensitive people who pointed out that I must be happy that I'm "getting rid" of one of my kids (their words!) for approximately 9 hours a day, 45 hours a week....I enjoy my kids' company, and it saddens me that my little girl will spend most of her awake time away from me and her siblings. 

Oh, and Princess still needs naps a few times a week.  Yes, they have a 15 minute rest time in kindergarten, but she's going to be worn out from kindergarten which will make her crabby.  So for the 3 hours a day I do get to spend with my child, she'll be cranky and not her usual sweet self.  I don't know one single child who has made the transition to kindergarten smoothly, and I know my daughter well enough to know that the transition will be rough and not pretty. 

And there's that whole spending-time-with-your-peers thing.  I think socialization is the dumbest reason for sending kids to public school ever.  Period.  What happens when you put a child with a group of children the same age?  Let's just say that they don't exactly encourage each other to act mature and make wise choices.  In fact, behavior goes downhill when a group of children get together.  Plus, there's all those lovely things she'll learn from children whose parents are a little less strict than we are.
"Many people now recognize that the social environment of many (if not most) schools is actually one of the most compelling reasons to home school.  These negative social experiences can include bullying, foul language, unbiblical world views, lack of values, and increasing cases of emotional and physical abuse."  
Quote from Learning By Grace

So yeah.  That pretty much sums up how I feel about this school year.  The next person who tells me what a great break I'll be getting by having Princess gone all day just might have to listen to this entire blog post being read out loud to them. 


9 comments:

  1. Completely agree. Why even have children if you can't wait for them to be gone most the day in such a terrible environment.

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  2. Oh Hanna, I feel the same way! Praying for you!

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  3. Oh Hannah, I feel the same way! Praying for you!

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  4. Oh, I feel the same way! Praying for you!

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  5. Awww hun! Why on earth would you want to "get rid" of a kid!? That's a horrible sentiment! I can't imagine how hard it is for you- b doesn't start kindergarten for a year and I'm already getting a tightening in my chest and sick to my stomach thinking about it. The idea that for 6-8 hours a day, someone else is going to have a profound influence in my baby is hard to swallow.

    How is the school? Does she have a nice teacher? Are you going to do something special to celebrate her 1st day of school when she gets home? I know nothing will make today easier, but, maybe planning something fun will keep your mind off how much you miss her and make you a bit more excited about it. (Just a thought!)

    Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers today Blondie Buddy!

    P.S You're an amazing mother, with the younger kids home, you've got this- easy. As clingy as he is, lil man loves you and you're his princess.

    {{{Hugs}}}

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  6. Aw, I hope she had a great first day and that you survived! I can still remember how much my youngest missed his brother when my oldest went off to kindergarten (me, too because he WAS a big help). Hang in there. It will be ok and eventually, it does get easier--I promise.

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  7. How was the first day? Is everyone beginning to adjust?

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    1. She enjoys school (although the crabbiness from being tired when she's home is starting to kick in). The bus is a different story and I'm praying that that gets easier for her as the school year continues. Me...I barely survived the first week. It was physically and emotionally exhausting.

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