Ok, so The Dictator is starting pre-school in September.
And I'm freaking out.
First off, I had to *ask* when school starts. I know. I know. But, I've been out of school a very long time and I seriously couldn't remember if students start the Tuesday or Wednesday after Labor Day.
But what are the rules? I have to go to Toronto the beginning of September for work (I got my first professional blogging job. More on that later...) but there was no way I was missing The Dictator's first day of school. No way. Nu-huh.
I mean, she needs her mother there, right? Rather, I think the truth is, I need to be there. No matter what the job was, there was no way I was missing her first day of school.
So what exactly happens from all you mothers who've been there, done that?
You take your child (who is still, in your eyes, a baby!) and you walk with her into the classroom and then what?
Do you introduce yourself to the teacher? Do you let it be known what kind of mother you will be? (Do you stick around and spy?) Do you introduce yourself to other parents and immediately start setting up playdates?
And how long are you supposed to stay for? Until your child is settled? Or are you booted out? Does the teacher boot you out? Do you stick around, waiting outside?
What? What? What?
What if The Dictator is terrified and starts to cry? Is the first day too soon to yank your child out of school?
What should she wear? Do I have to pack extra clothes in case she has an "accident?" Do I need to pack lunch if it's only half days?
And should I be preparing her for "school?" Should I be explaining that it's just like camp?
I'm terrified. I have the first day jitters. I hate it.