Join Date: Dec 2002
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Anyone having kindergarten anxiety - yourselves, not your children? I gotta tell you, I am a wreck, and ds will not start until the fall. He is in his second year of preschool (3 mornings a week), and loves it. Overall he does pretty well. We are just figuring out some allergies, which definately impact his ability to function at school. His preschool teacher is amazing & has been a tremendous help to us. Ds has has come a looooooong way. He now functions at an age appropriate level, but does have a harder time than a lot of the kids w/paying attention & calming himself.
In a nutshell, here's what I am worried about:
1. Kindergarten here is full day. I so wish it were half day, such a more logical progression. I am not sure how he will hold up w/that much stimulation & structure. And I can't imagine him being away all day.
2. A new teacher. I worry that she will not understand the allergy/behavioral connection & that he will be punished for this.
3. We had a very bad experience at our town elementary school a couple years back (before we learned of the allergies & ds was getting some special ed. services). I am really concerned about this repeating itself. We are in the lottery for a charter school, which I think would meet ds's needs so much better. But, if we don't get in........
4. The bus! I'm sure every mother goes through this one, but the thought of just sending him on the bus, on his own, terrifies me. How will he make it to class? What if he gets lost? All that stuff.
Really, I'm not an over anxious parent. But due to ds's special needs, I find myself being much more protective.
OK, (deep breath) any words of wisdom? BTDT? Valium?
Happy mama of four Wild Things
"And now," cried Max "let the wild rumpus begin!"