Kindergarten – my return to freedom

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It’s the dawning of a new decade.

For the last almost 6 years I have been a “work at home mom” balancing job, child-rearing and household chores. For the 4 years prior, I worked full time, raised my son and took care of the house.

So basically the last 10 years of my life I have either been working or taking care of my kids.

I’m not complaining.

But I am celebrating today.

Because today, that has all changed.

It’s bittersweet really because it means my kids are growing up, especially my daughter who still clings so readily to my leg in social situations. I miss my babies, but I also look forward to seeing them grow and change. And with this new chapter comes a new appreciation for the time I do get to spend with them.

But from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm Monday through Friday, I AM FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I was concerned about Abby being scared about the bus, but with her big brother at her side she faced it without hesitation.

And I do worry about how her day will go. It will break my heart if she tells me she was scared. But I think by next week we will both be comfortable with out new-found freedoms.

This is also a milestone for my son. Who, at only 9 years old, started fifth grade. Next year it’s a whole new routine with a new bus route and a new school – middle school. He tackled today with his usual gusto and boldness. Social situations do not scare him, and never have. With his arm on his little sister’s shoulder, he sat next to her on the bus and embraced his role as her protector.

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2013 back to school

waiting for the bus

first day of school

We’ve come a long way….

Did your kids start school yet? What grades are they in?

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  1. says

    Enjoy it but take it from me you will mis it someday. I was a world at home mom for 18 years and couldn’t wait for them to grow up. Now I wish I could do it over and do it better. Luckily I now have a great grandson who is 2 and I get to stay home with him these days.

  2. says

    You are soooo lucky. A year from now and I’ll be writing a post just like this and I seriously cannot wait. I’ve ever actually experienced freedom from kids. Since I moved out of my parents house I’ve either been pregnant or had a toddler at home.

    So what are you gonna do with all that free time?

    • says

      Honestly, work. And keep my house cleaner I hope. I also applied to be a daytime volunteer firefighter (I have to pass the physical agility test).

      And hopefully it means I will limit my work hours between 8 and 2:30 so we can have a normal schedule too.

      Or maybe I’ll just watch TV LOL.

  3. says

    Aww, I am sure she will do GREAT! And, I kind of envy your freedoms. I can’t wait for the day that I can get work done without stopping mid-thought to get someone water or a snack. But at the same time, I kind of can.

    J is going into 4th grade and C isn’t in school yet.

  4. says

    Felipe, you are lucky. Out here, kindergarten is only 3 hours and 20 minutes. I wish Ro had had full day, but in California, they only do the minimum required by law. My freedom didn’t come until she started first grade. lol I will say that her first few days of preschool were very weird for me — for three hours my house was silent. It was a little eerie and made me a bit sad. Ro started school last week. She’s in third grade now and loves school. I still cannot come to terms with school starting in August, though. Kids are supposed to start after Labor Day and get out in mid-June. This early start crap throws my sense of the seasons all out of whack. lol

  5. says

    Aww she is going to love it. This was me last year, free!! Zoe will be starting 1st in September and Gav 6th grade. It is going way too fast.

    • says

      Yeah it flies by, but I am enjoying my time alone to get stuff done. Although being the first day, I am looking forward to them coming home so I can hear all about their first day.

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