This is it folks. This is my daughter’s last week as an elementary school student and my emotions are all over the place. I’m so excited for her, yet nervous at the same time. We’ve crossed all of the t’s and dotted all of the I’s and she’s now officially registered as a middle school student after submitting every proof of residency known to mankind.
At one time we had considered sending her to a small, private school as a backup because of all of the chatter about waivers, etc. But, we did our own research, attended all of the orientations, walked the halls, sat in on information sessions in order to form our own opinion on where she should attend. My issue was never with the academics of the school honestly, but with the social aspect of middle school in general.
Socially, middle school can be brutal but it appears as if we’ve raised a daughter who has a good head on her shoulders for the most part.
For years, the school kids have been with the same families in a tight community. With the step up to middle school, there are at least six schools merging into one middle school which has me a little unsettled. There are no class parents in middle school. I don’t have the opportunity to visit her classroom to see who the students are in the room…because they no longer have just one teacher.
Access into my child’s daily life is slowly slipping away with this graduation thing. I can’t stop this next phase of her life nor do I want to, but I didn’t expect it to feel like this. Graduation also means that she’s steps closer to high school and then college.
Yes, I’m a mess and am trying not to rush things, but with these high school boarding school applications pouring in I’m having a tough time slowing my mind down. We should have never attended that boarding school fair last fall. My husband went to boarding school which is why it’s discussed in our home.
It also doesn’t help that my youngest is days away from being double digits which is mind blowing as well.
Folks, this is all happening too fast for me. I know how to raise babies. I struggled through that and enjoyed the journey. However, the upcoming journey is one that no one really talks about. We have all of these mommy blogs filled with the best bottles, sippy cups, diapers, and walking shoes to buy but where are the blogs that help you raise tweens/teens?
Where. Are. Those?
Yes, I work with teen girls in my empowerment program, but raising your own tween/teen is more difficult than a baby. When they cry as babies, they either want to be changed, go to sleep, eat or need their diaper changed. What you said usually goes. Now, we’re questioned about EVERYTHING!
I would like to think I’m prepared for what’s ahead because A. I’ve been a middle schooler and B. I’m a girl so it shouldn’t be bad, right? But times have changed significantly. I would absolutely LOVE for my daughter to not have to deal with the pressures of social media because it brings in a different level if anxiety that no kid should have to deal with. I want to share some of the issues we’ve already encountered but because she’s of age where she and her friends can google this blog…I’ll respect her privacy.
I haven’t written much about the kids and the things that they’ve done lately. I think they deserve some degree of privacy. Although the thought of writing a book on parenting has crossed my mind. You know, to help others through the parenting years.
Tonight, the graduation song will play while 119 kids will walk in two lines towards the stage where they will sit awaiting the final announcement of being elementary school graduates. My daughter has been singing all of the graduation songs sending me over, I’ve attended all of the “senior” events allowed and I have to say this is a great group of kids.
There were a few life lessons along the way that both my husband and I have had to teach her. I hope she was listening because they are all going to really be put to the test in the upcoming years. Friendships, boys, education, independence, extracurricular activities, and who knows what else?
Congratulations to all of the graduates whether it’s from PreK, Kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, high school, and college. You all deserve a special mommy hug.
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