Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Outsourcing The First Day of School

Ok, I admit it - I outsourced my child's first day of school to my husband. Just, to clarify, she is only going 3 mornings a week and she is not yet 3, so while it is not perhaps the first "official" day of school it is the first time she has been on her own in that type of setting.

As my husband's works for himself and from home, he takes the lead on the day to day childcare and I coordinate the movement of the troops. But, this time, the planning was different. I began to feel dread and perhaps a twinge of guilt about the upcoming "first day".

How was I going to do this and how would she feel about Mama not being there? How would my husband feel about being the only Dad at the school gate? What would the other parents think? What would the teachers think? What would my Mom think?

As I was working myself into a frenzy, I asked my beautiful, happy, brown eyed daughter who she would like to take her to school on Monday. She smiled and answered "Daddy". I am not sure if I felt relief or regret, but her eyes certainly lit up when she saw Mama standing at the gate at the end of the first session.

1 comment:

  1. That's not outsourcing - that's equality. I never set too much store on my children's firsts. Like in that scene in Erin Brockovich where she cries in the car because she misses her baby's first word. I remember being told weeks after the event that I missed by eldest's first wave, and the dear nanny didn't tell me because she thought I'd be upset. Frankly I was excited to know the child COULD wave - and fortunately, could imagine how she might do it. I've seen her wave plenty since the first time - and even though I missed the first time, it's still great fun.

    Mums see lots of firsts - let dads see a few firsts here and there too say I!