How to Survive Your Child’s First Day of School

I did it, y’all. I survived. And so did my girls.Sisters Ready for KindergartenAs a parent of twins, my road to schooling has been a bit different from most parents. I’ve been preparing for my little birds to leave the nest long before the thought of SATs and scholarships cross our minds. Maybe that’s a tad dramatic (they do come back to me around 3pm every day), but it’s pretty much the truth. I went from a full house of people for 5 and 1/2 years to just me and the dog during the day. What’s girl to do with all of that free time?!Carolines First DayCan I just say real quick that I hate that? I hate the assumption that all of a sudden I’m free from responsibility. Please stop asking me what I’m “going to do all day.” I didn’t sit around and eat bon-bons while the kids were little and at home, and I’m certainly not going to do it now. I don’t want this post to turn into a giant brag fest about all the things I’ve got on my plate, but I promise you I am a busy woman. I have plenty to fill my day, thanks (and, yes, I will occasionally treat myself to a day of Netflix-ing in my pjs because I deserve a break dang it so there).Mackenzies First DayAnyway, back to the topic at hand. How does one survive their baby (babies) taking flight to school? You do you. My experience consisted of a moment of sadness turned into realization of this “new normal” in our lives, and then I was over it. You, on the other hand, may need to cry all the way home. Or you may not cry until the Christmas pageant before winter break. You just never know with the first year, honestly. Most importantly, you need to allow yourself to feel what is right for you. If you need to cry, ok! If you don’t need to cry, ok! If you need a combination of the two, ok! My point is that you cannot compare yourself to others. We can only lean on each other for support during important phases of our life. We cannot expect to have carbon copy experiences when we aren’t carbon copy human beings.First Day of School ExcitementTo the parents of new elementary kids, I wish you and your sweeties the best year ever. If this isn’t your first rodeo, would you be kind enough to take one of us newbie parents under your wing and share your wisdom? We’re all in this together, after all.