Over the next year I'll start transitioning from having a child at home 24/7 to having one in Kindergarten. So what will this mean? Can I just head out to the beach? Lounge on the deck? Polish up my resume?
In many was it is as scary and freighting as the first day home with our little one. Should I start by taking baby steps now?
That is where I am… I need to start looking at this transition as a long term project. Not a flip the switch project. Somethings won't/can't change. A parent needs to see the child off to school and be there to welcome them back home. Breakfast and dinner, snacks, bathing, hair combing and all the other stuff that goes along with a child's daily life. Her transition is also going to be a major adjustment. No random air hugs throughout the day, no tickle fights and no ore of the occasional daddy/daughter afternoon nap.
I'm hoping that I'll get a better grasp on time management. Not that time management doesn't happen now, it just isn't timely. When our little one was younger it was easier in some ways, nap times meant possible time to catch up on things. Now with naps somewhat a thing of the past, I still get to play catch up but not when I want.
One task I love putting off is mowing the yard. Why do it? It is just going to grow back – besides if we were meant to walking on manicured laws grass would only grow 3 inches high and then stop. Now I might have time to get it done, but don't count on it.
The transition from 24/7 dad to school age child dad is a bit daunting. There is a lot of talk about becoming an at home dad and the effects it has on ones perceived value as a person but when your child heads off to school – it can and does make you think about that all over again. What is my purpose now? How do I fill my dads and where is that air hug that helps put a smile on your face and a little extra bounce in your walk?