My eldest son is starting school this coming Thursday. We've been a very attached family, always keeping our children close. We love doing everything together and have our own little rhythm to our lives. The downside no one warned me about with being so attached is just how much it's breaking my heart for him to go to school.
Each member of our family is an integral part, DH works full time, I work 2 days a week - on those 2 days our boys were in family day care with a mum that treated them as her own. The other 5 days of the week we'd spend the days swimming, adventuring in the bush, visiting, sitting up late on hot nights to watch the stars together, we snuggle together in bed each morning reading and then cook breakfast together. DS has such an amazing imagination he is often directing a lot of the play and adventuring. I just can't imagine not having him be a part of all our adventuring anymore. And having to fit our lives around a school day now.
It's not just the time he's away - then there will be home work, and making sure he gets to bed at a normal time so he's not too tired for school. No more spontaniety and spur of the moment day trips.
Why did no one warn me that by creating such an attached little family unit it'd break my heart to send him to school?
And please tell me your stories of how your family stayed connected when your children started school and how you found a balance between school life and family life.