This is part of the series of back-to-school posts to help you and your little ones prepare for the annual September routine. Click the “school” tag for more.
I can’t remember when I cut out this article. It must have been long after my boys went off to school for the first time. It totally captured the anxiety I remember feeling; suddenly sending them out to the “grown-up” world of new rules to follow, standing in line, raising hands, turn taking and cooperation, all coming from “Miss Chalkdust” or whatever. (I love Erma Bombeck’s writings.)
And if children could just express what they were feeling. Erma does it for them with an empathy that all parents should feel. Put yourself in their shoes.
When we dropped Sean off at pre-school, his feelings were not so subtle. He screamed and cried, ran out of the classroom, down the hall and out the main door, with teacher close behind who gently picked him up, and carried him inside as we feigned a smile and waved good bye.
Two years later, that teacher chased down another little boy with the same not so subtle feelings. Yep, his brother.
They (and I) eventually adapted well, loved school and the wonderful early teachers that welcomed them.
I’ve shared the Erma Bombeck column above with many parents. I hope you will cherish it as I do.
— Betsy Clancy MA, LPC, Beaumont Parenting Program, Group Coordinator