The One Where I Send My Kids Away

Next week, I am sending my youngest to preschool. This will be my first child to attend preschool. I always figured if I was making the decision to stay at home with my children, I should go all out. In fact, we were originally going to homeschool, but I failed at that too.

The Montessori school we have found is, without a doubt, the best choice for our girls. A preschool program is, for sure, the best choice for Lorelai. But, I can’t help but feel a little guilty—like I’m pawning her off on someone else because I can’t handle her myself.

Which is mostly true.

But, my life is different than it was 12 years ago. I’m not “just” a stay-at-home mom anymore. I work. Full time. With no daycare. It’s a challenge, but I really wouldn’t have it any other way. Except for 9 hours each week when I’m looking forward to uninterrupted time alone.

On Monday, for the first time ever, I’ll be dropping all 3 of my kids off at school with no real plans for the rest of the morning. I’ve decided to spend the time shopping with my mom, but once the novelty of being alone, taking naps & shopping at leisure wears off, I’m planning to plot out 9 hours of productivity each week.

Okay, so that will never get old, but I’m giving myself a week of leisure. And guilt. I have in my head that I should be nostalgic or weepy about dropping my “baby”—my last, little girl—off for her first day of school. Instead, I’m just excited.

How’s that for Mother of the Year?

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Heather Sokol is the married mother of many amazing, active children through birth, adoption, and foster care. They have created in her a Sports Mom, Scout Mom, Band Mom, Dance Mom, Allergy Mom & avid coupon clipper. Is that miscellaneous enough for you? She shares her deals & tips at and reports progress on learning to be a grownup at justheather tagged this post with: , Read 94 articles by
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  1. um, no. Be excited. While I dropped my firstborn off at Kindergarten this week, I still have 2 ankle biters at home keeping me hopped up. Enjoy the silence.

  2. Amanda J Roy says:

    Enjoy it! Both of mine started this week! Though my Kindergartener has been in school for 2 years, full day Kindergarten is kind of weird. She was in 3-4 hours a day before. So far I have enjoyed my workouts, taken care of HOA stuff and cleaned out the little ones drawers and closet with plans for the older ones next week. Then I get to start volunteering again and working on the quilt I started a year ago…

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