When I look back at the Big Kid starting school I feel like I was in a hurry for her to grow up – I know seems weird doesn’t it? But I was, I couldn’t wait for her to start crawling, to start walking, to start talking, to start school. I worked pretty much all her baby years – she started creche at four months old because I got a job opportunity that I couldn’t turn down. So she spent four years in the same creche – by year four she ‘mammy’d’ the other kids. She was very independent, she was confident, she was ‘ready’.
Fast forward a few years and I wish I had of waited the extra year. She is a bright, clever and creative little kid but she struggles in some area’s and has done two years in a row now. As I get older with more life experiences I know that extra year would have really helped her.
Those experiences have most definitely helped me make a decision regarding my second born. He graduated from his preschool class last week, it was a little emotional because a few of his close friends are heading off to ‘big school’ and if I’m honest he’s taking it hard. He doesn’t understand why he can’t go with them. He wants to be with the ‘big boys and girls’ and that’s completely understandable. He’s four.
Unlike his dad I have many concerns all backed up by his three wonderful teacher – I honestly cannot credit these women enough. The boy is a big softie, he’s a charmer and he had a wicked sense of humour but his speech isn’t at school going level, he cannot grip a pencil properly, he’s yet to draw anything that resembles anything and then if you fast forward a few years, he will finish school when he’s just turned seventeen and that’s if he chooses to complete transition year. I sat my Leaving Cert at sixteen, that’s way too young to be deciding what you want to do in life.
And here he is, the boy. He will be doing the second year of ECCE. I’m in no hurry for him to grow up. I’d rather keep him in preschool the extra year that is now available for him than regret it and keep him behind a year during junior school if he happens to fall behind for whatever reason.
This year he will hold his little sister’s hand as she starts her first year in preschool and yes, his little sister. Believe it or not, there are 17 months between the two. He will keep her in her place while she fights his corner. Everyone thought it would be the two girls who had an unbreakable bond, they got it so wrong.
This is a paid collaboration with Shopping Links. All clothes featured are from the Marks & Spencer Back To School and kids range. This is my second time to work with M&S on their back to school range and again I have absolutely no faults. This year I didn’t need any spare uniforms or skirts because she’s grown all of an inch since last September and her uniform from our last collab is still immaculate.