Anyone having a hard time with their child starting school?

Holly - posted on 08/03/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My son will be starting school in september, I am having a really hard time with this. My baby is actually big enough to go and spend part of his day without me, when did this happen?He will actually be starting a week and a half before he turns four. We recently moved to a bigger city and oddly enough he will now have to take a bus to school. This is actually a big part of my issue. I have always imagined walking my children to school and having them come home for lunch, now this won't be happening. It is true i could ge in my car and drive him to school each day but the parking lot is so small and closed close to pick-up and drop-off time that I would end up walking way to far for it to be worth it. i know he will love school and that he needs to go to continue to grow as the fantastic person he is but i still want him at home with me. On top of this my baby girl will be turning one two weeks before he starts school. This is not helping. These two events are happening way to close to each other. I know she and I will enjoy having some one-on-one time with each other. Is anyone feeling the same way? Or if you have already dealt with this, how did you go about dealing with it?

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Rabecca - posted on 08/17/2013

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my youngest is starting kindergarten in one day and I'm having such a hard time with it!!! I almost would say.I'm depressed:( in feel.desperate right now to keep her here and just home teach her but I know that's not what is best for her:( I had the same problem when my son started two years ago...cried for months! I don't know how to handle this or what to do...but I do have to say it feels better to hear that I'm not alone. I hope it gets easier for us:)

Jodi - posted on 08/04/2009

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Holly, I understand the dilemma, because when my daughter was born, she was only very little (5lb 2 oz) and I struggled with the pick up and drop off too. But my son was nearly 8, so I was comfortable with the bus. Is it a school specific bus (just for the little kids), and is there someone else with him? I'll be honest, I'd be very hesitant at that age if it had much older children on the bus, even if there is someone to put him on the bus, and someone at the other end. I guess it depends how the bus operates.



It does sound like your Elementary School is the same as our preschool, and your Junior Kindergarten is the same as when our kids start Kindergarten at Primary School.



I understand how you feel - my baby starts school in six months and although in some ways I think she is ready and it will be great for her (she is already talking about her uniform, LOL), I will probably find it really hard. I will suddenly have no children home during the day at all. I work from home, but I still think I will miss her very badly.

Holly - posted on 08/04/2009

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In Canada they start Elementary school at age four. He will be starting Junior Kindergarten in early September. In the city we live in the children go to school every morning or every afternoon, some Canadain cities the children go full days every other day. So I only have two and a half hours without him. Parking too far away would be more trying because of having to unload and load my daughter and her stroller. If this takes too much time this would not be fair to her. My son is thrilled to be going to school and can't wait. He also loves the idea of taking a bus, he thinks it will be very cool. It is me that is having the issue and I have not let him realize this. Everytime we discuss school I make a big deal out of it. My husband thinks he might have a little bit of difficulty the first few days as he has never been away from me. So I am dreading that day as I think I willl have to be dealing with his fears and my own emotions.

Jodi - posted on 08/04/2009

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Actually, Dianne, I am in Australia and my daughter will only be 4 when she starts next year - she won't be 5 until March. She is ready, her preschool teachers have already told me she's be ready tomorrow. However, I wouldn't let her catch the bus in a fit. I would prefer to battle the car parks.

I'd say that Holly's situation is similar to our pre-school, which is where my daughter is now.

When my son started school (he is now 12 and catches a bus), I used to sit in the queue to drop him off, yep a pain in the neck, but absolutely essential. And when I picked him up, I arrived early, because then I could always get a car park - just take a book! I just think they are way to young to negotiate the buses on their own - how far is too far to be worth it? How far away would you realistically have to park?? I have been known to also walk with him to school when he was at the school not far from here, and that is probably about 2km away.

Dianne - posted on 08/04/2009

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did you say 4yr? mm :) it depends on what you mean by school? (in Australia) kids dont start (school) until they are at least 5! (primary school). If its not a (primary) school i say to keep your child home until he is at least 5. & I do unsterstand how your feeling :) If you ask me i think at the age he is i would feel better in myself if i drove him there no matter what :)

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