Every so often I write a post on something a little more personal than play-based learning, although hopefully, my posts on that topic are coming across as sincere and personal too (very passionate about play-based learning as you can tell!). But for this post I wanted to write about how hard it is to let go sometimes – to ideas and practices you may have held for a long time that aren’t working anymore, to pet peeves that are dragging you down, to regrets you may have about your past, or to your own children that are growing up and heading off to kindergarten.
Last week I watched my littlest one walk into her first day of school, backpack down to her knees, giant, nervous smile on her face, and hair perfectly brushed, which was actually her biggest concern. I have had one of my own children at Acorn with me for 8 years until this day, and knowing that time was coming to an end was harder on me than on Sydney for sure. But she is ready and needs to move on. The Acorn School loved her, and helped me raise her, and now I need to let her go.
All this made me think about how maybe I should work on letting go more in general, especially with the children in my class. We get so attached to these kiddos. They feel like our own sometimes and we become so invested. And I cry just as hard when they graduate as I did when my own left last week. But maybe we should work on letting go more often than just the first day of kindergarten. Maybe we should work on letting go of the little things during the day, like when all the boys insist on wearing their underwear backwards so they can see the superheros better in the front, or when one little girl absolutely will not respond to the request that she put her shoes on because they’re not shoes, they’re “sandals”.
All this letting go is hard, and takes practice, but it’s one of our most important jobs to prepare them to leave us. So break out the tissues, and grab some duct tape for your heart as I like to say, and practice letting go a little bit each day. They’re ready.