As the end of the summer holidays is rapidly drawing upon us I am starting to think more about Cody starting full time school in September. I’ve been pushing it to one side because in all honesty I’m not ready for him to go. I know that sounds pretty selfish on my behalf. It’s not that he isn’t ready. He can’t wait and is so excited to wear his uniform and go to big school. But to me he is my baby and the thought of him going to school full time at what feels like such a young age (4 years 4 months) I am finding really hard.
Lois started school the day after her 5th birthday. A whole 8 months later than Cody will be and it’s a massive difference at this age. It occurred to me that Lois knew her ABC, could write her own name, knew the names of shapes, etc, etc, before she started school. Cody doesnt know his ABC. He can’t write his name and I’m pretty sure he doesn’t know the names of shapes. I started to worry that I haven’t given him the best start to his school life. I haven’t got him prepared for it. He doesn’t know the basics that both his older sister’s knew.
But you know what? That’s ok.
What I have taught him is how to share with his friends. To help someone when they need him. He is a kind and caring boy who at just 4 years of age asked me to ring his best friend’s mum after preschool to check his friend was ok as he’d had a fall in the playground. He’s a boy who sees the beauty in nature, stopping to count the caterpillars on the hedge during the school run. He admires the colours of the sunset and asks me to take a picture so he can show Nanny. He has incredible strength and will challenge himself to climb the toughest play apparatus because he believes in himself. He will study the instructions of the flat pack shelving unit I am trying to build and work out from the pictures what the next piece is and where it needs to go. Not only that but (under supervision!) he will use the hammer and the screwdriver and help me to build it. He mucks in and works as a team. He has love in his heart, kindness, confidence and a wicked sense of humour. That’s all that’s important. The rest will soon follow 💙
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