My oldest is five, so we are only a few years out of the toddler phase. Navigating having a preschooler has been different from what I expected, and I am nervous for the fall when he becomes a gradeschooler. The toddler phase seemed so different because I was reasoning with my child why it wasn’t ok to have ice cream for breakfast and why peeing in the potty, not on the floor was a big deal. It seemed hard dealing with silly tantrums, but I wasn’t ready for how quickly emotions kick in. My son is a perfectionist, and that brought about some sadness and frustration in preschool. His teachers were amazing at helping him work through it, but the conversations at home were hard for me. I knew as soon as I became a mom that my number one job was to help him grow up, but the real life scenarios hit faster than I expected.
My heart broke every time he cried, but I just can’t do it. It maybe hit harder than it should because I knew he could do anything. He is extremely smart, but the pressure he put on himself to be the best, and on his first try was hard to see. I am sure this is something I will work through with him for years to come. I have struggled with it my entire life.
I was also shocked with preschool at the amount of organization I needed. He didn’t have homework, but there were activities, forms, and things to remember to bring to school on different days. Again, the teachers were great at prepping the moms and being patient. I have a feeling I’ll be sharing lots of organizational tips over the years to come because I think I’m going to need a lot of it! Oh, and if anyone has tips on how to be on time with little ones, please send them my way! I can’t get that part figured out!
My two best friends have kiddos that are a little older than mine, so I am watching and learning from them. Just like with the other phases I share with you, I hope to give tips, encouragement, and advice on navigating the childhood phase too. I will not be sharing any teenage tips for a while thank goodness! That sounds so scary! But for this phase, just remember you are dealing with emotions and manners. You are getting your child ready to conquer this world with a healthy, positive outlook on life, and the tools to function with other humans outside of the family. You will be great at it, I’m sure! And on the days you feel like you are failing, just remember, your child doesn’t need to see perfection all the time, they need to see reality!
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