Last week marked the opening of schools. It also marked the start of a new journey for thousands of parents. Sending your child of to school for the first time.
My son Cameron started kindergarten on Wednesday. He has been attending pre-school 3 days a week for the past 2 years already, but this is different. He is growing up. You feel like he is starting a new stage in his life. He will now be out of the house 5 days a week for the next 13 years. (WOW). He will develop new friends that will last years. These years will shape him into the person he will start to become.
It will be my job to make sure he stays on track. To sit down with him nightly to go over his homework and review any difficulties he has with it. To find out which subjects he enjoys and which he struggles with. To ask how school is going. To listen to what he say and doesn’t say to really understand. As he gets older, to pay attention to who he is friends with, whom he “hangs out” with. To make sure that he doesn’t fall in with the wrong crowd. To push him just enough, so he continues to enjoy everything, but not too much that he turns away from it or me.
In other words, to make sure that he develops into that wonderful, upstanding young man I know he will become.
Then in two years, start it all over again when my daughter starts kindergarten. But I will have one advantage. On older brother to look after her in school as well.