Mom preps herself for son’s first day of schoolWritten by Lori Golaszewski | | firstname.lastname@example.org
When Meridith Moran sends her son Cameron to kindergarten in August, she expects it will be a proud and bittersweet moment for the two of them.
“It’s amazing that my child is old enough to be entering kindergarten, but at the same time, it makes me sad that the time has gone so fast and that he’s already going to be gone for most of the day,” Moran said. “It’s great that he’s at this point, but you kind of wish they could stay home with you forever.”
Cameron, 5, will be attending kindergarten at Maplewood Elementary School in Sylvania. Moran said he’s both excited and anxious about the milestone.
“The one thing that has made him nervous is realizing that his friends from preschool aren’t going to be at kindergarten with him,” Moran said. “But we’ve reassured him that it will be OK and that he’s going to make new friends and have fun.”
Cameron, who is a tad shy, Moran noted, recently attended Safety Township sponsored by Sylvania Township, which helped to ease some of his fears about starting school.
“He had a good experience and met the kids he’d be going to kindergarten with,” she said. “It made me realize that he’s going to be OK and that he was fine with me leaving him. I think it’s made for a nice transition from preschool into kindergarten.”
Riding the bus to school, carrying a backpack and even doing homework are the some of the things Cameron is looking forward to, his mom said.
“Homework seems really cool to him, so we’ll give him a year,” she said, laughing.
Preparing Cameron for the big day has been ongoing for Moran and her husband, who have made sure he knows his address, phone number and how to spell his name.
In addition, each time Cameron has experienced a milestone, such as losing a tooth or learning to tie his shoes, Moran said they’ve used the experience as a springboard for talking about kindergarten readiness.
“We tell him that’s he a big boy and that’s why he’s going into kindergarten,” she said.
As much as Cameron has been prepped for his first day of kindergarten, Moran said she’s realized that parents also need to be prepared for the transition.
“The preparation is for parents too,” Moran said, “because it is an emotional milestone. I have to prepare myself that Cameron is going to be OK and that even though he’s growing up; he’s not moving out of the house just yet.”
Moran expects that she’ll get emotional on Cameron’s big day – “I had to hold back the tears at Safety Township and it was only a week,” she said – and plans to have her camera in hand to capture her son’s momentous occasion.