The first day of school there is a trio of tears starting from the little one to the parents. We know this site too well, both parties are crying about letting go of each other and feeling bittersweet about preschool. However, a few days later this whole scenario changes with the little one running into their class excited to start a new day.
Letting go is always difficult for any parent, you want the best for them and want to do everything to protect them. Despite this we all know we must let go and they have to live life on their own. We cry on that dreaded first day of preschool and cry as we realize how quickly they are going through the stages of life. Therefore, one of the most difficult challenges parents face is letting go and realizing their children are growing up.
Sure, now they are little and the thought of dropping them off at college seems far, but the years pass quicker than you expect. As hard as it is to let them go we should always remember it’s the best for them. Preschool is the place where they will begin their journey of life, where they start learning and becoming a person of value. So, how do we deal with the idea of letting go of what matters most to us? That’s the trickiest question, letting go and watching them grow up will never get easier, it will just be different at each stage of life.
In preschool, we cry letting them go on the first day, a couple days later they start begging us to go to school and we learn to trust they will be ok. Later comes the first time they want to go out alone with their friends. Here we not only have to let go but trust the world that no danger will come in their path. After the preteen days of watching superhero movies comes the stage of dates, romance, and anxiety. Our trust is put to the test and the idea of letting them go becomes even more difficult.
The best way to deal with the idea of letting go of our angels is healthy communication to develop strong relationships. You want to be a part of their life as they grow up. When you begin to root healthy communication from a young age, they will be able to strengthen the bond as they go through life. Right now, is your chance to be directly involved in their growth and personal development, therefore the values you instill now will be essential to who they become in the future.
There will come a day when you will have to let them go and become an adult. That day will not only be difficult for you because you are letting go but it will be worse if you didn’t develop a good relationship with them early on. Despite being far from you, you still want them to include you in their life and have that loving bond. We can’t protect them forever but we can at least make sure they can count on us for anything and everything.
Once you pick up your little one today cherish the moment and begin instilling good communication. Make sure you are included in their life today and 20 years from now. They will never cease to need you and you will never cease to need them. Stay tuned for more posts about early childhood development, tips, recipes, and fun stories about these interesting years. If you have something you would like for us to blog about let us know. Remember every day is an adventure at Kids Village, your kids will love it and so will you!