Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Surviving the First Two Days of Primary School for the Mum

On 1 January 2015 (Thursday), I suffered from insomnia. Because Pei Pei would be going to Primary School on the next day! I thought I was more excited than Pei Pei, who was already sound asleep at 9+ p.m.

School bag, checked. School uniform, checked. Socks and shoes, checked. Story book for silent reading, checked. Pencil box, checked. Tissue paper (not for me to dry my tears), checked.

But somehow, I felt that I missed something. What did I miss?

At 3 a.m., I jumped out of the bed. Because I finally realised what I missed - pocket money! And yes, this was my first time giving out pocket money to my child. 

Together with DaDi, we attended the first day of school together with Pei Pei. We had some bonding activities organised by the school. After that, we followed her to the student care centre, she stayed there for a few hours to get familiarised with the environment and routine.

On 4 January 2015 (Sunday), I suffered from insomnia again! Because Pei Pei would be in school all by herself on the next day! 

I was super worried, and kept thinking...
  1. Does she know where the morning assembly area is?
  2. Does she know where the toilets are?
  3. Would she get lost in school?
  4. Would she lose her belongings?
  5. Would she spend all her pocket money on the sweet drink at the canteen?
  6. Does she know how to count money and get the change when she buys things?
  7. Are the buns or sandwiches that I prepared enough for her during recess?
  8. Does she know the location where the student care centre student fetches her after school hours?
  9. Do her classmates' mummies make bento / lunch boxes for them? Would she be upset that I only made sandwiches for her? (I can't wake up at 5 a.m. to cook!)
  10. Would she be bullied by the other children in the school?

At the school gate, I attempted gate crashing, but it failed, as I was stopped by the security guard. I reminded Pei Pei, "If you don't know where the assembly area is, ask!"

I was thankful that a school staff happened to walk past us, and offered to guide her to the assembly area. The nervous me stood outside the gate, kept looking at her. The security guard smiled and said, "Don't worry. He is the Vice-principal!"

At school dismissal time, I was having a meeting at work. I kept worrying about whether she reached the student care centre safely. As I was about to walk out of the meeting room to make a call to the student centre, DaDi had already called and reported that Pei Pei landed safely!

When I fetched her from student care centre after work, she was very happy and kept telling me what happened in school. I felt so relieved that everything went smoothly. All my worries seemed to be unnecessary!

I survived the first two Primary School days! Finally I had a good night sleep!

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