It’s Time to Register My Daughter for Kindergarten


A kindergarten boy wearing a backpack.Kindergarten feels like such a landmark in my childś life. Since my oldest daughter was born, we often referred to life before Kindergarten and what life would be like after Kindergarten. 

Liliana: ¨Mom, can I ride the bus?¨

Me: ¨When you are in Kindergarten.¨

Liliana: ¨Mom, can I go to summer camp?¨

Me: ¨When you go to Kindergarten.¨

Liliana: ¨Mom, can we go on a big vacation?¨

Me: ¨When daycare/preschool payments are over. When you go to Kindergarten.¨

As a Kindergarten teacher myself, I fantasize about when my children will be in Kindergarten. My daughters know all about it based on my stories and experiences, and they can’t wait to go. 

I always said I would not be the mom who cries when my kids go to Kindergarten because I know how wonderful this next stage is. But why does this hurt?

I got the letter from preschool to register my daughter and what I once thought would be an exciting moment turned into a pit in my stomach. 

It dawned on me that Kindergarten meant the official end of baby and toddlerhood. It meant no more mid-week park dates. No more stress-free schooling. 

Where did the years go? I can recall several conversations with friends as we rocked our newborns about what our child might be like at age five. Never did I think we would be here this quickly. 

As Kindergarten quickly approaches, I remain excited, but I am mourning a huge loss. I will miss the mommy and me classes, the mid-day naps, and the open-mouth kisses. I will miss the funny way they say words and express themselves. 

The day will come sooner than later, and we will hit another milestone. It feels like a big one because it is. It is the beginning of twelve (likely 16+) years of schooling. Itś a whole new adventure, one without diapers or free admission to most fun places, but an exciting one too!

So, I eat my words. I think I’ll be the mom crying when I watch my tiny baby get on the bus and head to Kindergarten. Not because Iḿ not excited for her. But because a fundamental and beautiful part of life is over, to make way for a new one. 

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Caitlin lives in Shelton with her hard-working and task-oriented husband, two opposite personality daughters, Liliana and Kinley, and her fluffy Goldendoodle, Boomer aka Boomy, Mr. Boombastic, Boombear. She is an enthusiastic kindergarten teacher and wholeheartedly believes in making school fun. Caitlin loves to drop it like it's hot on the dance floor, make the house smell scrumptious by baking a variety of confections, and travel to sunny and tropical destinations. She spends her free time going on all sorts of adventures with her girls, never slowing down or pressing pause. She adores childhood and all the ups and downs that go with it.


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