Taking your kid to school for the first time can be an emotional draining experience…

Lets just say Minki’s first day at school was an emotional rollercoaster

(for me, not her)!

Here’s the 16 Emotional Stages I experienced on that (traumatic) day:

1. HAPPINESS

Yay! I’m going to have FREE TIME!

I can take a shower (on my own)! Wash my hair (goodbye dry shampoo)!

Go to the gym (or just buy a smoothie)!

And what else… Oh yes, work!

Yay for school!

2. SHOCK

What the??? Is it even possible to pay THAT AMOUNT for such a little human being?

Apart from the school fees, there’s a deposit (that’s not really a deposit) and a stationary fee?

Which brings me to my next emotion…

3. DOUBT

Wait a minute? They actually NEED STATIONERY?

I’m not enrolling her at Oxford University.

Books, flip files, can someone tell me what’s happening?

4. REALISM

Getting to school in time is quite difficult.

Scratch that it’s impossible!

No more drinking a cup of coffee and chilling in your pyjamas…

You need to get up, get (both) of you dressed and GO GO GO.

It’s kind of a nightmare…

5. Excitement

Okay ,we’re dressed and she’s going to make LOTS of new friends!

She needs the social interaction and obviously everyone will love her?

Won’t they?

6. FEAR

BUT what if the other kids don’t like her. Kids can be cruel.

Imagine my little baby girl, sitting all alone in the corner of the sandpit, while all the other kids are playing.

Or even worse – someone is throwing her with sand?

7. GUILT

What if she thinks I’m leaving her and never coming back?

I can just imagine her little eyes welling up with tears… I’M THE WORST MOM EVER.

What kind of person leave their baby to work?

Talk about selfish…

8. MORE GUILT

Maybe I should just quit my job and start home-schooling.

I’ll get someone to teach her maths, but that’s it…

No more guilt AND I don’t have to worry about her making friends or being bullied!

9. ANXIETY

The school gate is approaching… It’s time to let go and say goodbye.

Maybe I should just grab her, make a run for it and we can go and eat ice-cream.

We can always try again tomorrow?

10. SADNESS

Oops! Too late, teacher is approaching.

What now? I’m gonna be THAT MOM.

The one crying like a baby…

11. SHAME

Stumbling outside I see all the sympathetic faces…

Through a wave of tears teachers, assistants and even the gardener gives me that

It-Will-Get-Better-Look.

12. DISBELIEVE

I can’t believe I’ve lost my cool like that!

13. MORE DISBELIEVE

Phone beeps and it’s a picture of Minki: Smiling and playing!

What? It’s been like 10 minutes?!!!

14: Jealousy

So, this is how it’s going to be?

I’ve sacrificed 2 years of my life for her and she forgets me – just like that?

What if she loves her new teacher more than me?

15. LONGING

Damn I miss my little buddy sooo much!

I miss dancing with her on Blink 182, I EVEN miss grating cheese for her…

……………..

16. ACCEPTANCE!!!

Scrolling through my 34 760 photos…

chuckling to myself when I see her scrunched up face and little feet.

She was sooo darn cute!

Stopping at the most recent photo from her teacher (they just tied her hair)??!

How?!

…………….

I take a deep breath.

a Sip of my (warm) coffee and promise myself to

NOT BLINK EVER AGAIN –

BECAUSE TIME GOES BY

SO. DAMN. QUICKLY.

Stay Stylish (and don’t blink)

XOXO

Helene

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