We received our latest issue of Focus on the Family magazine this week. I thought it was interesting that a number of the articles in this publication were aimed at calming the fears of parents sending their children off to kindergarten. Apparently, a lot of parents suffer from worries, fears and separation anxiety when they send their kids off to school for the first time.
More and more parents (including many of our own friends) are "home schooling" their kids. I guess they're putting off that tragic day of separation until their kids leave for college!
After scanning the articles, it struck me as odd that Elizabeth and I did not share any of the common parental fears as Silas started school two weeks ago. In fact, we were elated for him to finally have a place to go (albeit only half days) and be entertained by someone other than us.
Now, we are certainly paying close attention to the new habits, language and attitudes that Silas is bringing home. But the structure of the days, along with the opportunity to socialize with other children his age has been outstanding for him. He's much less hyper at home and is actually sleeping much better at night.
So are we bad parents because we didn't cry on his first day of school?