As I dropped my boys off for their first day of preschool, I couldn't help but feel overwhelmed. It seems like yesterday they were both squishy, little babies, so watching them walk down the hall with their backpacks and lunch boxes made me suddenly realized that, well, they aren't babies anymore at all. I felt like the crazy mom; the one my sons' teachers are making jokes about as they all split a bottle of wine. I feel like there are things we all worry about on the first day of school, and there are undoubtably things every mom wants her kid's first teacher to know. Still, none of that made me feel any less ridiculous as I blabbed on and on about my sons' quirks, to their teachers, on their first day of school.
Realizing that your babies aren't babies anymore, and learning how to let go and let them learn and grown on their own, is a necessary step in helping kids to become more independent. Still, even though it's necessary, it's also sad. I may or may not have cried (but definitely did cry) when dropping my kids off at their first day of school, and I may or may not be crying right this very second as I think about how quickly they're outgrowing my hugs and kisses and bedtime stories and funny faces.
Don't get me wrong, I'm thrilled to see my boys making friends and learning new things, and having a few hours every day to myself to get my work done is a huge relief. Those positive,s however, can't keep it all from feeling like like it's happening way too fast. Thankfully, both of their teachers are amazing and their love for the children in their classes is obvious every time I drop my boys off. I love both of their teachers and, like every mother, I hope that those feelings are mutual. Just in case there's ever a question (or in the event that I come off as a helicopter parent), I, and most moms in general, want our children's teachers to know the following ten things.