D starts preschool next week.
Holy shit. My kid starts preschool next week!
I’m really excited for him to meet new friends and have some fun with kids his own age. He has literally spent every single day of his life with either his parents or grandparents. That’s awesome for our bank account and I realize what a luxury it is that I’ve been able to have D with me 3 days a week and that we have grandparents living close by and at a stage in their lives where they are retired and/or working in the school systems and have summers off to hang out with my kid.
The downside to this is that D doesn’t really have a lot of experience interacting with kids his own age on a regular basis.
I mean, he goes places and plays with kids, but he isn’t going to daycare with a built in friend system.
Social interaction is one of the main reasons we are sending D to preschool. I don’t think he needs the academic portion, but he does need to spend time with kids his own age and learn how to share damn my broken vagina and my inability to get pregnant with a sibling… follow a set schedule and get in the groove for kindergarten next year. And I have to admit that I’m looking forward to 6 hours a week for just me…
As the first day draws closer, D is getting very obviously anxious. Each day he tells me more and more frequently that he’s scared and doesn’t want to go anymore. When I ask him what he’s afraid of, he can’t give me a specific reason. Which as the reigning Queen of Anxiety, I totally understand. The preschool we chose, we picked because it’s in a place (the church I grew up in) he knows and it’s literally across the street from where my dad and his girlfriend… live. He’s been in the church multiple times and we drive past every time we go to visit Papa.
I don’t know what to do to help him. There’s an open house tomorrow where he will meet the teacher, see the classroom and see all the fun and exciting new things and toys. I’m hoping that will help a lot.
If I’m being honest, what I’m afraid of is D having to deal with anxiety and the stigma attached with that forever. And I’m desperately afraid he gets that from me. Anxiety is not anything I would wish on anyone. Especially my four year old child.