I remember the day my son, Camden, was born very well. That day I became a different person, a mom who worries on a daily basis, a mom who loves her child more than anything on this earth. With that comes a lot of anxiety.
No one can ever prepare you for the kind of love you instantly have when your child is born. I’m reminded of this as I prepare for my son to start preschool in less than a month. I have been blessed to be a stay at home mom who works from home and goes into the office only once a week. Because of that I have never had to have my children in daycare. I have wonderful in-laws who watch both my son Camden who will be turning four soon and my fifteen month old daughter Kaylee. That means my husband Andrew and I have only entrusted our children to people we know who love them almost as much as we do.
So as I prepare myself for this next chapter I can’t help but worry. I worry what if my son gets hurt, who will hold him and tell him he’ll be OK? Will he make good friends who bring out the best in him? Will he listen and learn or will he be the energetic boy who just wants to be outside playing? Will he still be my sweet Camden who loves hugs and singing at every chance he gets or will he become a different boy? So many thoughts go through my head when I think of him starting preschool.
I get it. I’m being an overly protective mom who just wants her baby boy to always be her baby boy!
Deep down I know preschool will be good for him! And so, I wipe away my tears and wish my fears away as we begin this new chapter.
Sarah Meikle is a Parent Liaison for Lenawee Great Start. She was raised in Adrian where she attended Madison Schools. She now resides in Tecumseh with her husband Andrew and two children, Camden and Kaylee.