An Open Letter to My Child Starting School This Year

Where have the years gone? It seems like just yesterday you were learning to talk, and impressing me with new words you’ve learned, and your adorable little way of saying things.

We would spend everyday together, having parties with your stuffed animals, playing pretend, watching all of your little shows on TV, learning all of your colors, numbers, and shapes, preparing for this very second.

Now, its time for you to start school. Its time for you to be away from me everyday, and time for you to gain a little bit of your own independence. Its time for you to make friends, and learn how to make it though the day without me.

With that said, I think there are some things you need to know.

You shine brighter than any star in the night sky.

Don’t you ever let anyone dim you. There will be times when other kids are mean. They will say hurtful things. And your feelings may be hurt… But don’t let them take away your shine.

You are amazing in every way, and one little opinion doesn’t change that. Always be yourself. Always shine as bright as you can.

Even when things seem hard, remember, you’ve got this.

You may become frustrated or scared because there will be things that you don’t know how to do, or that you’re just not used to.

Just remember, you’ll get the hang of it. You’ll learn. You are so smart, and you’re capable of anything.

Take a deep breath, and give yourself a chance.

You can always talk to me about anything.

Please always look at me as your friend before your parent. You don’t ever have to keep secrets from me. Whatever it is, chances are, I’ve been there.

I know this is only kindergarten, but this is the beginning of a whole new world for you, and I need you to know that I’m always here for you. Always.

I miss you too.

The beginning will be rough. You’ll cry when you’re getting out of the car, and I’ll turn my head to hide my own tears.

You’ll ask me not to make you go while you’re getting dressed in the morning. I’ll tell you that you have to, but in my mind I’m wishing I could keep you home with me.

 Just know, I miss you too. I might not show it, but I do. I think about you just as much as you think about me during the day.

This is just the beginning.

Within a few years, you will be so independent and have learned so much. I can’t wait to see the wonderful, incredibly intelligent person you grow into.

I love you with my entire heart and I wish there were any combination of words to explain to you how proud of you I am.

Go show off your shine, sweetheart. You’ve got this.

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