There are times in our parenting lives that seem like natural moments to step back, take a breath, and evaluate how life is going. I find they usually arise around big birthdays, graduations, at the beginning of a new year, or at the start of a new phase of life. I’m in one of those phases.
My youngest child has a big birthday coming up – she’s turning five and will soon be heading off to school. While I know this is a normal and healthy stage of growing up (one she’s ready for), I can’t help feeling that there are only a few golden months left before she goes from being my little girl to an independent school kid. It’s had me reflecting on her preschool years – have I prepared her well for school? Have I done all I can in her critical first 1000 days? And the big one – have I spent enough time with her? If I’m honest, the main thing I’ve been feeling with that last one is guilt.