Alex is now in his third week of 1st grade. It is a new school for him so he is adjusting to there being so many kids around and being one of the smaller kids. (Wow! There really is a big difference between a 6th grader and a 1st grader!)
Each morning when we drop him off he gets a little teary and doesn’t want to let go. He has a hard time walking into the class room because it is all so new and overwhelming and he doesn’t have his niche yet.
In the afternoons I pick him up two days a week and then he takes the bus to the school that he went to for pre school and kindergarten because they offer after school care. I was feeling bad about not being able to pick him up every day and that I was falling short as a parent. And then I walked in to pick him up at the other school … Alex was visibly more relaxed, laughing, playing and having a great time with his friends there. It turns out that I think it’s actually better that he goes there a few days a week. It’s where he feels comfortable and even though he is the big brother and likes to act like it doesn’t matter ~ he likes being where his brother Ryan is.
So I took a deep breath and realized that it does in fact take a village to raise a child and that while I can’t be there all the time, it is okay. In fact it might even be better.