Am I Wrong to Not Feel Emotional on My Child’s First Day of Nursery?

For the past few days my facebook feed has been awash with emotional mothers, mothers who are sad that their child is starting school, mothers who cried after dropping them off for the first time.

Aria is 2 & 1/2 and is due to start nursery any day now, and I cannot wait. The only emotion I am feeling is joy, and also relief. Relief for me and relief for her.

Am I Wrong to Not Feel Emotional on My Child’s First Day of Nursery?

I am relieved for me because I am struggling. I have 2 days a week with childcare in the form of grandparents and it just isn’t enough. I’m drowning in work and my house is a shit tip.

Am I wrong to not feel emotional on my child's first day of nursery?

I am relieved for her because it will be so good for her. Before we moved she went to private nursery one day a week and, despite tears at drop off time, or at least when I dropped her off, she really did enjoy it. She always came out of nursery happy; tired but happy.

We have no structure in our daily routine and, as much as we love our lazy mornings, it will be good for us to to get into a good routine.

She rarely spends time with children her own age. Don’t get me wrong, she loves spending time with her niece and nephew but they are six and three years older than her, it will be so good for her to play with children her own age.

She is starting a little earlier than normal, in Wales they start 2 & 1/2 hours Monday – Friday the first term after their 3rd birthday, but the area that we are now living in receives extra funding and as a result the children here start the first term after their 2nd birthday.

If there are tears at drop off of course I’ll be upset, I’m not a complete monster, but I also know that the tears will pass, give her five minutes and she will be happy exploring her new surroundings and making new friends. I know that she won’t always cry when I drop her off, that she will eventually look forward to going.

Maybe it’s because she isn’t starting ‘proper’ school, maybe it’s because it’s not a full day, or maybe I’m just heartless. All I know is that when we go to register her tomorrow I will be skipping to the nursery!

Back to School Photo Frame Craft Tutorial

I’ve already shared a back to school photo frame craft with you, but I wanted to do another, more simple craft too, one that Aria could get involved with. My all time favourite toddler craft is decoupage, it is simple, Aria loves it and can do the majority of it by herself, and it doesn’t matter if she makes a mess.

For this craft you will need assorted colourful/patterned paper of your choice, a blank photo frame, clear glue and stickers to decorate (optional).

back to school photo frame craft

Cut your paper up into small, toddler friendly pieces, there is absolutely no need to keep the size and shape uniform.

back to school photo frame craft

Coat the plain frame with clear glue and leave your toddler to stick the paper onto the frame, the messier the better.

back to school photo frame craft

Once they have finished sticking (if you can tear them away!) coat the frame with more clear glue.

back to school photo frame craft

At this point you can either leave your frame to dry or add a few more embellishments on such as number stickers, stars, and buttons.

back to school photo frame craft

Set your frame to the side and leave to dry (much to your toddler’s disappointment). Once the frame has dried trim the edges and pop a photo into your finished frame.

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Set your frame to the side and leave to dry (much to your toddler's disappointment).

*Disclosure – I am a Bostik Blogger and receive a small box of crafts each month in exchange for a themed tutorial – the theme this month is Back to School*

See more back to school crafts here :

Visual Timetable for Starting School

Remember your school supplies with this fab peg craft | #bostikbloggers

Lolly Stick Pencil Pot…Back To School Craft Idea

Making a back to school organiser to teach independence

 

Back to School – School Bus Photo Frame Craft Tutorial

While Aria isn’t starting school this year, she is going to be starting a funded nursery for two and a half hours a day, which is a pretty big deal! We decided to attempt some crafts to record this milestone, and of course I have to share them here! First up is the popsicle school bus photo frame. As with any craft that I attempt this one is simple, requires very few items to make and the end result is (hopefully) effective!

For this simple craft you will need :

Eight popsicle sticks (seven yellow & one black – or plain to be painted)
Bostik Glu Pen
Bostik Glu Dots
Black foam circles (or foam shapes badly cut into circles and coloured in black!)

To start, arrange your popsicle sticks into a bus shape and cut to size

Glue your trimmed sticks together

Glue your black bar and wheels in place

Use Bostik Glue Dots to stick your photos/message in the frame – (optional) write a message onto the black strip.

*Disclosure – I am a Bostik Blogger and receive a small box of crafts each month in exchange for a themed tutorial – the theme this month is Back to School*

*Commissioned Craft*