Learning to fly

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Learning to fly

Middle man is off to pre school for his first taster session tomorrow. Not having him around will be strange. Big man went to nursery when he was little as I worked part time, but middle man has been around me ever since he was born. I wont lie though, it will be nice to have a couple of hours without having to split a fight up between him and baby man.

When big man started preschool, I remember talking to him about it. "It will be a fun place where you will make new friends and do new things. Mummy will drop you off and it wont be long until she comes to get you again. I will miss you lots."

This morning I found myself giving middle man some information about pre school. It wasn't quite the same. "You know you are going to pre school tomorrow? Don't push people and do what the teachers say."

Bless him, he just nodded. I felt bad after I had said that. I am setting him up to fail. Knowing my luck he will be there tomorrow morning thinking - ah yes mummy said something about pushing people. I should probably go and knock that little girl over.

I therefore approached the subject again this evening. I told him about all the friends he would make and the fun he would have. How I would leave him there, but not for long. And how I would be excited at coming to collect him. I then turned to big man and asked him what he thought middle man should know about pre school. "Don't be naughty or you will get put in time out. Don't push or bite it isn't nice. Oh and try not to wee in your pants."

So tomorrow is a big day. For me more than middle man. It is the first step in letting my middle man grow up and fly the nest. Although after his impression of a bird tweeting and flapping on the edge of the sofa last night, I don't think my little birdie will be leaving my nest for many years to come.


What words of advice have you offered your little ones when they have started nursery, preschool or school?




13 comments:

Lorraine (Gin & Cornflakes) said...

I think we worry about them but they just take it in their stride! Not that I know, but am sure will do soon!!! xxx

Mummy of Two said...

Ah it's hard to let them go isn't it but they have so much fun! My son was only 11 months when he went to nursery so I don't think I gave him any advice! Since starting school I tell him to be good and have fun! #PoCoLo

Glitzy Gleam said...

aww bless him, i hope he has a lovely day xx #PoCoLo

Jaime Oliver said...

How did he get on?? i hope so :-) xx

Nell Heshram said...

Tidying up always goes down well with teacher! Tell him to do that, if you think it'll work....hope the day went well.

Louise Fairweather said...

He managed 2/3 of big man's tips!

Louise Fairweather said...

It also goes down well with Mummy just rarely happens!

over40andamumtoone said...

Love this post, made me giggle. I only have one little boy, he coped much better on his first day than I did. I walked home in tears!

over40andamumtoone said...

forgot #PoCoLo (my firest Linky so getting used to it!)

Louise Fairweather said...

Don't worry I've forgotten to put it on comments too! Don't usually add tags to links but nice yo know where they've come from x

Tori Wel said...

Isn't it funny how different the advice is after having had previous experience with the first one! I love what his big brother said to him. Hope he had a great time. Thanks lovely lady for linking up with #PoCoLo x

secretsofthesandpit said...

Yes, I especially like the fact that his big brother's advice was more like the first advice you gave middle man! He clearly wanted to pass on the results of his investigations into acceptable behaviour at school - don't bother being rough or wetting yourself, it's not popular. :-) I look forward to seeing what my little boy makes of it all when the time comes.

Nichola Fabfortymum said...

aw bless him and you. Part of me is dreading our girl starting pre school - she doesn't go until Sept and I've been trying to teach her to not throw things around and tidy one toy before bringing out another. I've always tried this with her, but she generally ignores me. Using the line of, you will have to tidy up at nursery seems to be working!