Preschool: A New Step for the Whole Family

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A proud display of preschool masterpieces as twins Ella and Zoey settle into the school year.

Well, who would’ve thunk it?

All of the worries and fears, and worries…all for nothing.

As it turns out, the girls were much more ready for preschool than I was!

When Orientation day arrived, my husband and I both attended the hour-long visit with the girls, and by the end of it, they (meaning our kids), told Mommy and Daddy to “go home.” Sigh.

So, when the official first day of school rolled around the following week the girls were more than ready. They had everything packed in their well-labelled backpacks and were yelling at us to get out the door. They posed for multiple pictures without a fuss and couldn’t get into their new classroom fast enough.

We stuck around to get them settled in for about 15 minutes and once the teacher arrived, we gave them a kiss and hug goodbye.

In the end, my husband had to pull ME out of the room!

Not because the girls needed me, but because I wasn’t ready to leave them. He was right to do so; I remember one big piece of advice in my blog about preparing for the first day of school, was to ‘JUST GO, don’t hover, it only makes it harder’. I learned that, it’s very true.

During the 3-hours that my hubby and I were ‘kid-less’ on that first day, we had a hot coffee and our dog was thrilled to have a one-on-one walk all by himself for the first time in a very long time.

I tried to keep busy so that I wouldn’t count down the minutes, but despite my best efforts they just crept by. I wasn’t missing them, rather, just excited to see how they’d done.

When we arrived at pickup, the girls ran and literally threw themselves at us, because they had so much to tell us.. Their teacher said with a big smile, “They were great!”, which was music to my ears.

Since the start of preschool, all I can say is that the twins have blown me away!  They love their teacher and get excited to talk about her. If, at anytime they seem a little nervous, all I have to do is mention that she will be there if they need her and their hesitation fades.

All of the kids in the classroom wore name tags the first week or two until the teachers got everyone’s names down, and I was warned that the girls might need to wear theirs a bit longer just because of how identical they are in looks. However, that soon changed as the teacher realized how quickly she could tell them apart based on their very different personalities.

They’ve become very independent. They tell us about what they had for snack that day, that they made new friends and more. I wish so badly that I could be a fly on the wall just to watch them doing all of these things.

There is one area that I’ve been struggling with, and that’s just how tired they are when they get home. They’re learning and doing so much, that by the time they’re home for lunch, the meltdowns seemed to have increased. I’m hoping that it’s just part of the transition process and they’ll eventually get used to the new routine. One positive way of looking at it though, is that I know their nap on preschool days will be a good one!

All in all it’s been better than I could’ve imagined. Getting them out the door some days however, has been a bit of a struggle, because our girls like to sleep in…just like their momma.

Brianne Ducharme

I’m a busy mom of twins with a passion for sharing stories and information. This comes from my background as a local TV producer, where I’ve had the opportunity to share experiences with viewers for many years. Now I’m finding a way to couple my background with the hardest and most fulfilling job I’ve ever had…being a mother to my amazing identical twin daughters. I write my blogs as a way to share my experiences, but also hope that it provides a bit of help to those parents out there who might be going through something similar.

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