When my oldest child was born, he was breastfed exclusively.  Six months later, he was dining on carefully crafted homemade baby food. None of that mattered as he became a typical picky toddler asking for pizza, pop-tarts, and macaroni...
So, are you ready for it? Do you have your notepad and pen out? Let’s be real - is the little yellow notepad up on your phone? Okay, good. Let’s do this.
To combat those fears and jitters our little ones (and their mamas) may experience when attending preschool for the first time, I wanted to share some of the things he and I have discussed. 
I am lucky enough to live in a community with enough school choice to make your head spin; and, create a serious tendency towards FOMO - the fear of missing out. Homeschool? Homeschool with a cottage program? Online classes...
When my first-born daughter was two, I decided it was time to potty train. She was showing signs of readiness that I’d talked to our pediatrician about and read about in books. She seemed excited when I bought the potty...
This past year, even grandma got involved! My retired mother has extra time on her hands and ended up in my daughter’s class on a weekly basis. Having this extension of our family in the school and participating only strengthened our tie to the school. Now, grandma and grandpa have a better idea of what my kids are learning. This translates into more engaging conversation between them and a stronger bond.
Teaching them early that it is okay to hit as long as there is a good reason for it perpetuates the idea that some violence is justified, and that's not a road I want to lead my children down. 
Generally, parents are mastering "teaching" their children from day one as they point to colors and make every animal noise sound under the heavens. We want to show our children the world and help them experience everything they can....
Once, I saw a bumper sticker on a minivan while I was in the school drop off lane. It simply said, “I used to be cool.” Oh, mama... I feel the exact same way most days. And I was cool...
As the pressures of present day living fade away for a short while, she stops thinking about what everyone thinks of her. She can simply be herself.

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