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?