The End of an Era as Youngest Starts School

This week, as most children go back to school, I’m aware that this is my last week with Eva at home before she starts Reception on Monday.

I can’t quite believe we are at the point where my baby, my youngest will be off to school.

Big Deal

Starting school is a big step for all children and let’s face it the parents too! For most children it’s a longer day, there’s uniform to get used to, a new place with a new teacher and new friends to make. It’s exciting and daunting at the same time. We had some odd behaviour from Eva over the summer which was down to her being anxious about school and feeling a bit lost. More recently, she’s been excited about things like her new school shoes and being at the same place with her big sister – Alice. But she still has her moments; just this week she has had quiet periods where she admits to me in a little voice that she’s nervous. After a week of refusing to go to bed, I finally lost the plot with her last night only for her to break down into huge sobs and tell me how she was scared about starting school and how much she’s going to miss me. It broke my heart and no matter what I said, she just continued to howl!

  Finally asleep on the sofa after sobbing about school for over an hour

For me, it’s going to take some getting used to as well. I will need to adapt to not having any little people around with me during the week anymore. Wednesday was always the day that Eva and I spent off together and whether it was a trip to the park, an outing to the supermarket or just getting on with chores at home, I will truly miss having my little side-kick around.


When the girls were babies, I can remember my Nan saying that we should enjoy our children as much as we could before we lost them to school. I know what she meant. From Monday the girls will be at school for most of the day and for most of the week, leaving me to pick up the grumpy, moody, scrappy bits in the morning and mid-afternoon.

When I had both girls at home there were many moments of hard work. There was a point where both were in nappies and like most other mums I had to deal with tantrums, potty training and fighting. It was exhausting but equally, it has gone in a flash. I can’t believe that come Monday, they will be gone.

As I sit here and marvel at how it can be possible to have exchanged nappies for school uniform in such a short amount of time, I can’t help but wonder whether I could have made more of those early days. Could I have done more? Could I have played with them more? Could we have done more trips out? Could I have spent less time on my phone and given them more of my undivided attention? I guess I’ll never know, but it’s no good looking back, we can only move forwards.

Looking at The Positives

I know that next week will be an emotional time for Eva and for me. It will feel almost like grieving knowing that I won’t have them around during the day, but I’m determined not to be too depressed or too nostalgic. Here’s some of the positives that I need to remember:

  1. Eva is more than ready for school, she’s quick, on the ball and wants to learn.
  2. Once she’s in the routine of going every day, I know that she will love school.
  3. This is my time. As a friend recently said to me, the world is my oyster. I can focus more on my freelance business, go shopping, do some more writing, try to exercise more or whatever I want.
  4. Weekends will be more precious.

It will definitely feel like the end of an era next week when Eva starts school. I know that it will be an emotional time, but it’s the start of a new chapter with hopefully lots to look forward to for both of us as well.

Wish me luck next week!


Trying on school uniform ready for next week

20 thoughts on “The End of an Era as Youngest Starts School

  1. Aw, Cheryl, we’re sure she will be fine once she gets settled down. And you’ll have the next stage of your relationship with your girls to enjoy: as you know from Alice already, they get so interesting and such good company as they grow up. They’ll always be your babies, just as you and your sisters will always be mine! x
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  2. Good luck hon we are in the same boat my daughter is starting in a couple of weeks time (how late is that?) will be thinking of you and Eva next week keeping everything crossed for you and thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub xoxo

    1. Ahh thanks Talya! Your daughter is starting late! I think it’s more traumatic for us mummies than them! Look forward to hearing how you both get on. Xxx

    1. Ahh bless you! It’s so hard when you’re up against it to count your blessings and remind yourself HOW FAST TIME FLIES!! Enjoy it.
      Thanks Hun. Xxx

  3. I hear what you’re saying! My youngest just turned 3, and although he’s not starting Reception just yet, he’s starting nursery school, so he’ll be in school with his older brothers every morning until 11:45. It’ll be odd. But yet, I think I’ll need that time! And I’ll still get to see him a little longer until school pick up. I’ll probably be in bits next year this time!!! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope to see you again next time!

    1. I felt very emotional in the days leading up to her starting, but thankfully been so busy that I’ve not had much time to think about it. YET!!

  4. Awww this broke my heart. My little one is almost three and just started preschool. I tell myself it will help him make the transition to school better. But who really knows.

    Best of luck to her and you.

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    1. Thank you. Seriously, I know it sounds a cliche, but make the most of this time because starting school is sooner than you think!! X

  5. Oh bless you – I wrote something very similar last week as my youngest also started school this week. I hope she’s had a great week and enjoyed it. Mine has been super hungry after school and very tired! Fridays (my day off) have felt strange as there was no midday pickup and the house was very quiet! #KCACOLS
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