Today was the 1st full day of school for three of our kids. Yesterday was orientation day but today was the "real deal" and I'm glad I had my wife flanking me. She's a seasoned pro at this! Other Dads and Moms may be able to empathize with me. During the drop-off and picture taking I nearly stepped in two parental NO NO's.
First-- When you see the colorful little tag with your child's name above a hook (for the jacket and backpack)--DON'T help them, or do the job for them. I dunno, I guess it was just the daddy in me that wanted to help my girls. But as Mumma reminded me, they need to do it--not me. In that moment I saw how much they've grown and the moment hit. (Nope, no tears or breakdowns in the 4-K room--but it was close)
Second-- Be confident! As I shored up my composure we ferried our little girls into class. Then my wonderful wifey gave them a kiss and hug and said 'Have fun! I'll see you in a little while!' Then she smiled and walked out. No emotion, no doubt-- she was happy and confident! In a whirl I followed Julie out and brought our son to his class. We had to wait and he started to fuss. As I went to console him I was reminded-- Have fun! Be confident!
Yup, it turns out I nearly became the issy
By Ingrid Taylar (Flickr: School Bus Reflection) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons