Feeling Anxiety on the First Day of School {Not Them, Me} | AprilNoelle.com

They’re All Going and I’m Not Feeling It

Tuesday was the first day of school for all of my children. I was really excited in the preparation for the the “big day”, all of the shopping and newness of everything.  I loved meeting the teachers and talking about my children.

However, after getting to school, I felt a bit differently. I was not ready to leave my little Butterfly, even though she loved exploring her new classroom.

I felt anxious and was very tempted to stay the entire day. I didn’t, but I’ll talk about that more another day. So, to clear my mind, I had to set up a list, a rudimentary Pros v. Cons list:

Pros

  • Feeling Anxiety on the First Day of School {Not Them, Me} | AprilNoelle.comQuiet house for up to 6 hours a day
  • I can clean an area that will stay clean for more than a few minutes
  • My children will be in a positive learning environment
  • The kitchen can actually be cleaned because I’m not in it all day long
  • I can work on a diet because, again, I’m not in the kitchen all day long
  • I can finish a thought uninterrupted
  • Uninterrupted bathroom breaks
  • Uninterrupted showers
  • Work opportunities
  • I can have lunch dates/meetings
  • Quick store runs
  • If I didn’t get a good night’s sleep, I may actually be able to take a nap
  • They have come home full of excitement every day this week.

 

Cons

  • No more midday snuggle time
  • I’ll miss rocking Butterfly to sleep at nap time
  • Friday movie days are out!
  • Early morning alarm
  • Getting three kids ready for school
  • No tickle times to give me a happy break

 

Looking at the list, it’s clear that the pros outweigh the cons. I just don’t get to hold them whenever I want. Since they’ve been the center of my life for the last almost five years. I haven’t had too many days where I don’t get to just grab them up and give them a big hug.

Really, I just don’t get to hold them whenever I want. Since they’ve been the center of my life for the last almost five years. I haven’t had too many days where I don’t get to just grab them up and give them a big hug.

Since they’ve been the center of my life for the last almost five years. I haven’t had too many days where I don’t get to just grab them up and give them a big hug.

But I’m starting to love the quiet… and that I can get work done in shorter amounts of time.

Did you struggle with sending your children to their first day of school?

 

 

35 thoughts on “They’re All Going and I’m Not Feeling It”

  1. sending my daughter to school is somehow all cons for me. well, she is a big girl now she is 8. pros are she get to socialize and play and learns so many things just by going to school. I get to be with her and spend time together when we do her homeworks and play or read books. But i totally feel you during snuggle time.

  2. It’s always tough to let go of them! And time really flies. I can remember the first time I dropped my girls at school too and it was a rollercoaster of emotions for me as well.

  3. I’m not a mom but I can imagine the mixed emotions of excitement and sepanx when you are to send your kids to school. At least you get some “me-time” aka cleaning time every day. It was funny how you put uninterrupted in your list – must be a huge relief.

  4. My niece is a work from home mom and she had a terrible time adjusting to her 5 year old going to kindergarten. She still has a 2 year old home 3 days a week so at least she can ease into it.

  5. Even though my Sonia older, I love having my him home with me. Yes there are moments he gets on my nerves but I enjoy ever single second I have with him because he is growing too fast. Your children are all so adorable! (:

  6. Ahhhh it’s so bitter sweet!!!! I was so excited for my duaghter to start school…. And then I started to miss her being around 24/7 lol

  7. I think it gets easier as they get older. Mine are in 5th & 4th grade and honestly- By the 1st day of school I am excited because as much as I love my kids- they have had enough of each other and need routine!

  8. Yes. I struggle with that situation. Because my little son is now at grade one. And he needs to be learn how to be little independent without my presence in awhile. And they need to communicate with the others to make a circle of friends.

  9. I did have a hard time when my kids went to school on their first day. It took some letting go.
    However I still do not like it. I enjoy the times with my kids and I know those times are fleeting.
    I desire to homeschool
    Your little ones are adorable!

  10. OMG! It always feels weird, isn’t it? You’re so used to them being around and having none of them feels like there’s always something missing.

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