Avery’s First Day of School (150)

This past week was the first time we sent Avery out into the world, on her own at least. She’s had three days at school so far (two half days and one full). On one of those days, her first full day, I was home alone with just Harper.

It feels like so much and so little has changed.

On one hand, the changed hand, the apartment is quiet. Avery talks a lot. She has a lot to say about everything and she has quite the imagination. She’s a busy kid so not having that around might make for a seemingly lonely experience. Except for the fact that Harper and I had some great bonding time – before she fell asleep. I then finished a book I had been reading and counted down the time to pick Avery up from school. I suppose I could get a lot accomplished with this quiet time, and I’m sure I will, but the first time was just a bit sobering.

On the unchanged, or maybe rather unphased, hand I am really happy for Avery. She needs this. Like I said above, the kid is busy all the time so with this structure schedule she’ll never get bored. She, more than anything else, will learn structure, schedule, how to interact with other kids, etc. I’m not, and never have been, worried about what they are teaching. That isn’t to say that I don’t care if she is learning or not; I know she is and I’m so proud. This is just her first experience with real social rules, something that one can try but I don’t think fully succeed in teaching solely at home.

On the whole it is a great experience for both Avery and Cindy and I as parents. It just happens so fast; maybe we are never ready for our kids to leave home. 

On the whole it is a great experience for both Avery and Cindy and I as parents. It just happens so fast; maybe we are never ready for our kids to leave home.

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