Starting School Poem

Here’s another one that’s doing the rounds.  Last one now as I have tears streaming down my face!  Didn’t really expect to be quite as emotional as this!


Dear Teacher
I know you’re rather busy
First day back, there’s just no time
A whole new class of little ones
And this one here is mine
I’m sure you have things covered
And have done this lots before
But my boy is very little
He hasn’t long turned four
In his uniform this morning
He looked so tall and steady
But now beside your great big school
I’m not quite sure he’s ready
Do you help them eat their lunch?
Are you quick to soothe their fears?
And if he falls and hurts his knee
Will someone dry his tears?
And what if no-one plays with him?
What if someone’s mean?
What if two kids have a fight
And he’s caught in between?
You’re right, I have to leave now
It’s time for him to go
I’m sure he’ll learn so much from you
Things that I don’t know
Yes, I’m sure they settle quickly
That he’s fine now without me
I know he has to go to school
It’s just so fast, you see
It seems like just a blink ago
I first held him in my arms
It’s been my job to love, to teach
To keep him safe from harm
So, when I wave goodbye in a moment
And he turns to walk inside
Forgive me if I crumple
Into tears of loss and pride
I know as I give him one more kiss
And watch him walk away,
That he’ll never again be wholly mine
As he was before today.


Dear Parent,
I understand that you are scared
to wave your child goodbye
and leave him in a teacher’s hands
don’t worry if you cry!

I’m used to weeping parents
It’s hard to leave I know.
But it’s time to share him (just a bit)
To help him learn and grow.

Let me reassure you
That I’ll give your child my best
I’ll wipe his tears, soothe his fears
And change his dirty vest!

If your darling child is full of cold
I’ll blow their nose all day
Just like you, I’ll care for them
In a special way.

I’ll treat him like I would my own
I’ll catch him from a fall and
If there is ANY problem
I’ll be sure to tell you all.

It’s true he’ll grow to love us
They’ll talk of school a lot
It doesn’t mean they hate you
And that you should lose the plot!

I’ll tell you a secret..
That when your child is here
They talk to me as much of you
Of this please have no fear.

You’ll always be their mother
Whilst teachers come and go
To them you are their number one
This I truly know.

Soon you’ll see some changes
In your little girl or boy
They’ll become more independent
And to see this, it’s a joy!

I’ll teach them all I have to give
To share, climb and to write
But to you they safely will return
To tuck them in at night.

With love from a teacher…

By Emma Robinson and Leonie Roberts
Facebook page: Motherhood for slackers

A Mother’s First Day of School Prayer

Here’s a lovely poem I’ve seen doing the rounds at this time of year..


I wonder what you’re doing now,

And if everyone is treating you kind.

I hope there is a special person,

A nice friend that you can find.


I wonder if the teacher knows

Just how special you are to me.

And if the brightness of your heart

Is something she can see.


I wonder if you are thinking about me,

And if you need a hug.

I already miss the sound of your voice

And how you give my leg a tug.


I wonder if you could possibly understand

How hard it is for me to let you grow.

On this day know that my heart breaks

For this is the first step in letting you go.

Joshua’s first day at pre-school

Yesterday was Josh’s first session at pre-school.  He has been desperate to start ever since he went to a taster session with Chris before the summer holidays.  He seems to have really enjoyed himself although I can’t get a lot of sense out of him regarding what he actually got up to there.  Hopefully he will continue to be enthusiastic about going just as his brother was.


Mum and Dad’s Visit

For two weeks in August my came to stay nearby house-sitting for some friends of ours.  It was lovely to see them for this extended period of time and we crammed lots into the two weeks.  Particular highlights included:

  • Several trips on all three of the New Forest Tour bus routes
  • Picking blackberries on the edge of the forest and then eating them in an apple and blackberry crumble
  • Taking the Thumbhites to Furzey Gardens to visit the fairies
  • Feeding the ducks in several locations including the strange looking Muscovy ducks at Eyeworth Pond
  • Practising the boys’  photography skills at the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens
  • Picnic and fun at Moors Valley Country Park including our first ride on the steam train there

We had a huge list of possible things to do and despite cramming all of the above in, there is so much more we are looking forward to doing with Grandad and ‘Ma at some point in the future.


Marwell Zoo and Southampton Football Match

A few weeks ago we enjoyed a lovely family day with our fist visit to Marwell Zoo and our first Southampton football match (the first proper football match Daniel, Josh and I had ever been to).

We all really loved exploring Marwell Zoo.  Joshua was fascinated by the penguins and could probably have sat and watched them all day.  We also loved getting up close to the giraffes and having a ride on the road train.  At the moment Marwell Zoo also have a Rise of the Dinosaurs event on at the moment and we enjoyed looking for dinosaurs around the zoo, taking selfies with the Tyrannosaurus Rex and digging for fossils.

At the end of the afternoon we headed back to Southampton to watch Saints play Bayer Leverkusen.  Although Southampton lost, the boys and I enjoyed our first football match experience and we will definitely hope to go again sometime.

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Swimming and Pony Rides

Back at the start of August Daniel attended a swimming crash course for a week.  He did really well and made great progress during the week.  These swimming lessons weren’t too far away from Longdown Farm where we have season tickets and so we decided to go one day after swimming.  Whilst there, the boys took advantage of the opportunity to ride a pony.  This was the first time on a pony for both of the boys.  The pony Daniel rode was called Spot and Joshua’s was called Frog.  Both of them really enjoyed their pony rides.

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Tenth Wedding Anniversary

Whilst we were away in Scotland, Chris and I celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary.  It was nice to be able to go out for a meal with Chris’ family available to provide a free baby sitting service.

For my anniversary present to Chris, I made him a photograph album and filled it with some of our favourite photographs from the last ten years.

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