Surviving the First Day of Kindergarten: 10 Things to Know
Kindergarten is a big deal-for both of you. And that can be scary, awe-inspiring, and totally life-changing all at once. Here, 10 things to know
My oldest son, the shyer of my two boys, was a cool little cucumber on his first day of kindergarten. He clung to my leg for just one hot minute, before diving into the table toys set out for him. He was so engrossed in the excitement of school, he barely said goodbye to me. (I cried in the hallway.) My youngest, by far the most boisterous member of our family, had the opposite reaction. His lips quivered. He hugged me tight. His damp eyes lingered on me as I slowly left the room blowing kisses. (I cried on the sidewalk.) Ultimately, both boys survived their first day and, today, they adore school. I survived, too, and I've learned a few things along the way. Here's what worked for me.