Too cool for school

A happy boy in his new school uniform

So it’s official – I’m now the dad of a child who goes to school. Yes, it’s a tired old cliché, but I really don’t know how we’ve got to this landmark so quickly. It seems as though hardly any time has passed since the day we brought Dylan home from the hospital, completely clueless as to what to do with him.

To be honest, we’re still winging it with both him and Xander, but we’re now sharing responsibility with professionals who definitely know what they’re doing, so that’s okay!

Today was his first day at ‘big school’. Yes, I know secondary will take on that mantle in a few years’ time too. Despite a few muttered protestations to the contrary last night, he was really excited when he got up this morning. He was very proud of his uniform – which, it’s fair to say, will require a fair bit of growing into – and ran most of the way to school.

He was still smiling his face off when he got through the gates too. In fact, he was so nonchalant about the whole thing that he wandered off into his classroom before I had a chance to say goodbye to him. Was I as cool about it? Nope, I ran after him and demanded a hug.

He came back with three stickers on his new jumper and a photo of him seemingly loving his new surroundings. I asked him what his highlights were. “Playing with the oven and getting shown the toilets,” was his reply. It was a toy oven, of course, and who wouldn’t be excited at discovering a new WC?

I think he’s going to really enjoy school. And I’m taking the fact that he delighted in being acquainted with something as mundane as the bogs as a sign that he felt comfortable there. I have to admit that I’m surprised that he took it all in his stride. He can sometimes take a while to accept new things, but he was calmness personified. Long may it continue!

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  1. Verily Victoria Vocalises

    Well, at least he didn’t get shown the oven and play with the toilets! Sounds like your boy loves school – and I love his Fonz pose! Grace is exactly the same, I am there demanding a kiss and she is off! Great news that Dylan likes school. Thank you for linking to PoCoLo 🙂

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      Tom

      Well that’s true! He’ll probably start clicking his fingers at people and thumping faulty machines soon…

  2. James Bromley

    Love this blog 🙂
    I have recently started one up myself very similar to yours – the things that happen with kids on a daily basis makes you laugh out loud. I love the fact they are so innocent and have no idea the stress they often cause! My daughter has also just started school and that was eventful to say the least. Keep up the blog, I genuinely enjoyed reading every post and feel free to check mine out because hints and tips from you would be a great help.
    Thanks
    James

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      Tom

      Thanks James. Oh, I think mine know what they’re up to some of the time! Have checked out your blog – good stuff! The best advice I can give is to just carry on writing for you/your family and enjoying it. 🙂

  3. adayindadslife

    Sounds like he had a good start to school life coming bck with 3 stickers, my eldest started year 1 Wednesday just gone so that was much for us but my middle one starts nursery Tuesday that’ll be strange without him about

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      Tom

      Yes, he seems to have done well so far – phew! Good luck to your little ones settling into their new routines. 🙂

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  4. Steph Martin

    Aww what a lovely photo. Sounds like he has having a good time, well done for getting three stickers! They grow up so fast don’t they

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  5. Gerhard

    Beautiful!! I love the fact that kids are able to take on life with so much curiosity and courage! I’m often amazed by how my son can go off and throw himself into a new experience. It also says something about the relationship you have with your son. If he did not feel secure and safe in that relationship already it’s unlikely he would be able to do what you described 🙂 I suspect it’s probably harder for us as parents to let go, than for our children at times 🙂

    Best Wishes

    Gerhard

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      Tom

      Thanks Gerhard. I think you’re right – it probably was more of a big deal for us than him in some respects! 🙂

  6. kristi

    Oh I remember those days well. You are right, shortly after you bring them home from the hospital, they are ready for school. It goes by so fast. Sounds like your son had an outstanding first day! Great photo too. 🙂

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  7. mummyofboygirltwins

    Bless!! So glad it went well. Big milestone! And exciting too! I’m yet to get there, my twins are only 2 but I’m sure it will come very quickly. We’ve got preschool next year to start us all off! x

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      Tom

      It definitely does come round quickly – enjoy all the time with them between now and then! 🙂

  8. Jonathan

    I really enjoyed reading about this milestone event! As a dad of a 17 month old, I love reading this sort of post about what’s in store in the future.

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