1st Day of School Monday!

  1. It's almost here! I have been waiting since last August for
    this Monday! I don't know what to expect or what to wear.
    I pray that my kids do well in daycare (first time for my 2
    year old and my 4 year old hasn't been since he was a year
    old). I have major butterflies. I am wondering if we are going
    to get any homework this week because Monday is a full day
    (8-4:30) and Tues/Weds are half days (12:30-4:30)
    and Thurs. is another full day. I am going to the Lake
    with the family Thurs evening thru Sunday so I'm wondering if Mon-Weds will be workfree and then they will stick me with a whole bunch of stuff on Thursday. (my luck!!!)...
    Oh well, I just wish we could have went to the Lake this past week. Anyways, I'm rambling on but I was just excited about Monday...
    Is there anything I should remember? What should I wear? Any tips on making the switch from staying at home all day to being in daycare all day easier for my kids?
    Good luck to all those who are starting this fall.
    xoxo
    Kay
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   sagelola
    Congratulations, Kay!!

    Trust me, I KNOW how nervous you are! I still have 2.5 weeks to go!

    Kids are resilient...which is a good thing. I don't know about any tips, though...my son started daycare (an in-home kind) last year for the first time when he was 2, also. He was very upset with me for awhile, but he got used to it. I usually try to stay about 5 minutes or so when I drop him off and cuddle him in my lap before I go.

    As far as what to wear...I'm not sure! I'm a jeans and t-shirt gal myself!

    Good Luck...and let us know how it goes!
  4. by   Jen2
    Just be comfortable. Also try and leave a little earlier than usual. It's always nice to be early the first week of classes to scope everything out, and get your first pick of seats. Good luck
  5. by   RNIAM
    Hey! I sure remember those feelings. Wear something comfortable yet smart looking. First impressions are important. After that wear what you feel comfortable in. My class ranges from jeans(not something I'd wear) To business suits. I guess the dress part is what you feel most comfortable in. As far as homework goes, don't be surprised if get some. Ususally the first day is an orientation kind of thing. Good luck. Have a great time. Try to let us all know how it went for you.
  6. by   essarge
    I can remember the butterflies of the first day...three years ago. I still get them when new semester starts but now I'm pretty sure what to exptect.

    First day usually covers syllabus and then, if they have time, they get right into the thick of things. Homework starts on day one with reading....reading...and more reading. But you can always read while your at the lake sitting on a lounge!

    Good luck in your program! You should be very proud of yourself!
  7. by   justjenn
    Please let us know how your first day went. I love to read stories.

    Justjenn

    ps good luck
  8. by   KAYfutureLPN
    Thanks for the suggestions and good wishes I will be sure to update MOnday evening!
    Hugs!
    Kay
  9. by   angelac1978
    I would have suggested you maybe taking the kids to daycare a few times this summer just to get them used to it. But like someone else said, kids are resilient. My sister said that when she dropped her son off for daycare the first time, she waited around and waited around until he finally came up to her and said "mommy aren't you supposed to leave now?" she said she didn't know whether to laugh or cry, but he loved daycare and getting to play with other kids.

    I also agree that you should wear something comfortable on the first day of class and get there early to get situated and get a good seat. Congrats on getting in and good luck!

    A
  10. by   det01
    I start classes on Mon too - it is more of an orientation than anything. Normally I won't be in class on Mondays. (just tues - thursday)

    I plan on dressing business casual. I don't want to wear jeans or sweats. I want to look professional, but still be comfortable. I will probally wear khaki slacks and a nice blouse.

    As for the day-care situation -

    I do not have children of my own, but I did work in day cares for years. What I would suggest is talking to your kids about how much fun they will have and all the new kids to play with.
    ( The taking them to visit a day-care is a good idea - but I doubt you really have time for that before Monday.) Also try to find a book or video about a kid going to daycare (be sure to read/watch it first to make sure there is nothing in it to scare your kids) Get to the day care early and introduce your kids to the teacher yourself. If it seems like the teacher is mommy's friend the child might not be as nervous (especially if they have stranger anxiety)

    If the kids do cry - just take heart. That never lasts very long and before you know it they will be waving bye-bye to you and maybe even looking forward to going!

    Again - I do not have kids of my own (I want them - but that is a different story) But the above are things that I have seen work.
  11. by   KAYfutureLPN
    Thanks We have visited the daycare twice and Mikey was introduced to all the kids and the teachers and I left him there for about a hour. He seemed to like it but an hour isn't the same as all day. My 2 year old was playing so much he didn't notice if I was there or not but when he does notice I'm not there, what is he going to do I wonder??? --guess we will find out!
    xoxo
    Kay
  12. by   Love-A-Nurse
    kay, i get those butterflies at some point in each semester. i do wish you all the best in school.
  13. by   iliel
    Good luck to you! I'm excited for you!
  14. by   JudithL_in_NH
    Hey, Kay!

    Best of luck!

    We don't start until 9/2, but we have already had to purchase our syllabus and prepare for a math test the first day, as well as read several chapters in one of our texts. I'd wager they start you off with a bang!

    Your kids may be teary at your departure. I'd get there early and tell them you're leaving, get your kisses goodbye, but maybe stay just a bit until they seem absorbed in play, then slip out. That way you haven't really snuck out--you've said your goodbyes for the day and they know you're leaving, but you give them a moment to readjust before you actually disappear.

    Reassure them that you are coming back, with some kind of a time frame they can relate to, like just before dinner or after naptime. It's hard for really little kids to understand that your leaving is just temporary, especially if they're used to being with you virtually all of the time.

    If you get major tears at departure, leave them in the daycare provider/teacher's arms. They really do deal with this often, and know how to reassure, distract, and resettle upset kiddos.

    Sometimes, kids "punish" you when you return to pick them up. They may not come to you, or may not want to give you a hug--try to let it roll off your back and not take it personally. They may also be more clingy or more antsy once you get home--just reassure them, and things usually settle down in a week or two.

    Here's hoping yours run excitedly into daycare, yelling "Bye, mom!," and run laughing into your arms, with big stories of how they spent their day, when you come to pick them up!

    You'll all adjust! Just give it a little time!

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