Tuesday, August 28, 2007

First Day of School

Yesterday was Emma's first day of school. It is so hard for me to believe that she is actually going to Kindergarten. The pictures came out a little foggy because our camera lens was having problems adjusting to the muggy weather. Emma was definately more calm than I was. She is doing beautifully. She loves her teacher, really enjoyed her first day of school and was actually up this morning before her alarm clock dancing around shouting "I get to go back to school!!!!" She really does not get that from me, I don't wake up that way. Instead of dancing and shouting, I am more inclined to shuffle and mumble while im trying to find the coffee machine.

Emma decided this morning that she wanted to walk into the school all by herself. At first, I was reluctant because I had all the images of a lost daughter in my head and phone calls from the school.....(as though she would wander out of the school and into the street!). I got a grip on myself and decided it was much better for her to be able to as Ms Frizzle says : "Take Chances, make mistakes, and get messy!!" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ms._Frizzle).

Which was a dilema that has repeated itself in my parenting journey, because I had made a concious choice to start parenting Ms. Frizzle style when Emma was about 2, and I noticed how reluctant she was to branch out on her own. I didn't want to change her, but I did want to develope her more adventurous, social, daring side in an effort to boost her self confidence and self reliance. I started a playgroup, and started taking the kids on adventures all over town and tried to hang back as much as I possibly could to give her room to spread her own wings. I am so incredibly proud of the girl she is today, and it is all one hundred percent her own doing!

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