"It's a school day Mum!"

Today I embark on a brand new adventure. And as I sit here in my very quiet home office, I’m feeling a little emotional about it all.

You see, today is my little one’s first day of school.

As I packed his lunchbox for his first day, I had to resist the temptation to pack it full of all the food in the world. I feel like I’m sending him off on this big adventure all alone, and am finding it hard to let go.

Luckily Charlie is not sensing my inner turmoil, I was woken at the crack of dawn by a very excited preppie.

“Hey Mum, I woke up this morning, and I thought it was a childcare day, but then I remembered, TODAY IS A SCHOOL DAY!”

A nice, if loud way to start our day.

We managed to get the whole family out the door in time to walk to school, a healthy way to start the school day, with the added bonus of taking edge off Charlie’s extreme excitement.

When we arrived, Charlie was inside his classroom in a flash, with barely a backward glance in my direction. I’m trying to take solace in the fact that this means he’s a well adjusted little kid, who feels safe and comfortable. But right now I just want him here with his hugs.

I hope he’s not missing me as much as I’m missing him!

So parents, got any tips for first time school parent? And how long should I wait before I start a canteen revolution?

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