Well here it is, your first day of big boy school. It feels like I have been counting down this moment since the day you were born, but now that it’s actually here, a part of me wants to wrap you back up in cotton wool and keep you my baby boy for one more minute, one more day, one more week.
This is one of those moments that you may not remember forever, but I certainly will. I will remember it as clearly as the day you were born and I saw you for the first time. I will remember it as if it is the first time I held you in my arms, or your very first steps, or the first time you said mummy, or the day you held you baby brother for the first time.
You’ve been by my side for 4 years now and what a wonderful 4 years it has been, but I can’t keep you by my side forever. This is your chance now. I have done my best to raise you the best way I know how and I’ve made the most of every opportunity I’ve been given with you, but It is time for me to let you go out into the big wide world…alone.
You are starting a new chapter where you will learn, grow and be your own man. You will become the person you are meant to be. You’ll make new friends, mistakes and countless pieces of artwork that I will most certainly hang up all over our house. Mummy might get a bit teary, but it doesn’t mean I’m not happy for you, I’m just going to miss you a teeny bit…ok A LOT.
My role in your life is changing, you aren’t going to need me quite so much and that makes me sad, but there is a world outside of my arms and you deserve to see it. I can’t wait for you to experience all that life has to offer, and I know that your inquisitive mind will soak up every bit like a sponge.
So, as you prepare to head out of the door for your first day of school, here are just a few things i want you to know:
-Most importantly, remember, you are absolutely and totally loved. There is no one on this planet right now who loves you more than your family. When you are frustrated learning to read, sad you lost a game on the playground, have had a rough day or a bad test score, you are loved no matter what. ALWAYS.
-Your teachers might not be able to understand your boisterous energy and you might not be able to contain it, but find a way to harness that energy and put it to good use.
-Mistakes happen. Every day. You won’t be the first to make them and you certainly won’t be the last. Mistakes are proof that you are trying. Just don’t forget to say you are and offer to make it better, and learn from the experience.
-Make safe and intelligent choices. Don’t allow yourself to be led into making bad decisions or doing something you don’t want to do. You have morals, stick to them.
-Work hard and try your absolute best all the time. It pays off, trust me. You will get out of this experience what you put into it.
– You can talk to me or you teacher about anything. If you are struggling or unhappy with any aspect of school, then i want to know.
-Give everyone a chance (or two or three). You never know who might be your best friend and the friends you make now may be your friends for life.
-Stand up for yourself without being mean. I worry that you will be picked on, or worse, be coerced into picking on other kids. I hope that I have taught you to be resilient to teasing, to always be kind to others and to be brave enough to defend those who need help.
-Sometimes you might feel different from the other kids in your class, remember this is a wonderful thing. What makes you different is what makes you beautiful. It is what makes you who you are. Embrace your ‘YOU-ness’. You don’t need to look like the rest or talk like the rest or be like the rest – the world needs you just as you are.
-Things always seem impossible until they are done, so always remain open to trying new things and don’t be afraid to take risks.
-You can learn something new every day if you just LISTEN.
-Be gracious and celebrate others successes.
-Winning doesn’t always mean being first. If you are doing something better than you have ever done before, then you are winning. You will always be a winner in my eyes.
-Tell me everything about your day. I want to hear!
Have a wonderful first day at school Riley. My special boy. I love you and know you’ll be extraordinary.
Love from mummy xxx