Kindergarten didn’t phase me.
I wasn’t worried about that milestone.
Well, until it was almost time for kindergarten and then I had a bit of a freak out.
And of course, my child was fine.
All three of my kids have hit that milestone of going off to school for the whole day and they’ve all been fine. More than fine.
And yet, just like that, my oldest is headed off to middle school.
And just like before, I wasn’t all that worried about it… until it was almost here.
Ironically enough, I have a lot of the same fears about middle school that I did about kindergarten. Will my child get lost, will he have good teachers, will he make friends, should I drive him or should he take the bus, how is going to do, is he going to be happy….
Probably the same worries I’ll have when he heads to high school in a few very short years.
Yet, somehow, middle school sounds so scary.
I didn’t like my middle school years.
Everything seemed so big and dramatic and important and life-altering… even though now, I can’t even remember what those things were.
And of course, you hear about things happening in middle school that don’t happen in elementary school… because the kids are getting older and pushing boundaries.
Yet, I really liked teaching middle school kids.
Kids who are still very much kids but growing and evolving into the people they’ll eventually become.
Lots of independence, but not completely on their own.
Changing and learning.
Some disappointments, yes.
But plenty of life lessons.
I don’t want my worries about middle school to be pushed on to my son, who is basically just excited to start a new school. Except for sharing my worry about getting lost.
He’ll be just fine, I know it.
If you have a child headed to middle school or if you’re already in the thick of those years, I saw this quote by Jon Acuff the other day that really resonated: