3 Things I Was So Grateful For On My Daughter’s First Day of School

Self-Reg for parents, photo of man and son sitting on the grass together

The first day of school for a parent is supposed to get easier each year, right? Well…not always. Yesterday was the first day of Grade 3 for my daughter Siena. It ended up being an unexpectedly emotional experience dropping her, though not for the reasons you might imagine. All I can say is that I was instantly thankful for three things:

  • teachers with wide-open welcoming arms
  • children running with joy into those welcoming arms
  • dark sunglasses

At the end of the day I sent a message to Stuart to let him know if it had ended as well as it began: “What a day it’s been for me. That was a ton of raw emotion. She came home BURSTING with joy, so excited about her day.” And then last evening she told me, “You know mom, I love school.”  I know it’s only the first day, but I’ll take it.

Here’s what happened and why it felt like it mattered so much.

Dr. Susan Hopkins is the Executive Director of Dr. Stuart Shanker's organization, Susan has been a teacher, school administrator, inclusive schooling coordinator, curriculum developer, educational researcher, and educational leader. She has worked in every area of education from the early years to post-secondary, from remote Northern schools to the Department of Education, and across contexts that include Italy and the Northwest Territories.