Preparing my daughter for High school

daughter - super busy mumThinking back to a Sunday afternoon on the 13th June 2005, the day I turned 25 as it happens and I was enjoying a Birthday BBQ held in my honour. I just so happened to be 34wks pregnant at the time and I remember feeling festive and fabulous one minute and the next thing I recall falling into a whirlwind of nausea, light-headedness and abdominal pains. Little did I know at the time that I’d actually went into early labour.

Three days later I gave birth to a little pink-faced bundle of joy. She came out with her hand on her cheek, not a peep left her beautiful rose bud lips and she weighed a delightful 5lb 9oz. Somewhere in among the two years of broken sleep, nappies, first steps and more, I’ve blinked and no matter how much I try to deny it, she now starts high school this coming September.

Over the next few weeks Ellie and I will be attending High school open nights, getting the feel for these places where she’ll gain her higher education and hoping with all that I am that her heart chooses the best school for her to be a pupil at, for the next 5/6 years of her life.
This is a huge decision and I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t terrified for her. She reminds me so much of myself when I was in High School, and believe me when I say, my high school years were not to be looked back on fondly.

But, I suppose, as her Mum I need to let her go & find her own way don’t I? I need to allow her own wings to grow as big as she wishes {to the stars, I hope!} and come the end of June 2016, she’ll say goodbye to her Primary school years. No more walking to school with her little Brother, no more P1 & P2’s to serve dinners up to at lunchtime and no more seeing Mummy pop to the shops whilst on lunch and waving to her from the playground. I’ll miss that.

This month will see my daughter visit a few High schools, get a feel for them, meet the teachers and to finally make her decision of the top three she’d like most to attend. It’s a massive decision for her and I love that she is taking it so seriously and is really taking everything she’ll encounter in her higher education of school with curiosity and excitement {with a little side order of anxiety of the unknown!} thrown in there for good measure too.

I know come her first day of High school I’ll be just as nervous as her {maybe more} because Mummy cannot wait at these school gates to wave her off. I have to give her a nudge towards the skies and watch her fly; and for a Mother, that is never an easy thing to do.

Do you have a child venturing into High school this September? 



  1. 13/01/2016 / 10:10 AM

    My girl will be starting year 9 in September but I remember feeling exactly like you a few years ago….I think it’s harder on us parents then our children. Good luck x

    • 17/01/2016 / 8:48 AM

      You’re right. Its scary for everyone involved but I know she is going to smash it! x

  2. 13/01/2016 / 11:10 AM

    My son goes off to Secondary School in September so I know exactly how you feel. Like you, I cant believe how the time has flown! He’s chosen the local one which most of his friends will also go to, so fingers crossed they all get their places. Wishing your daughter (and you) all the best when she starts x

    • 17/01/2016 / 8:52 AM

      Time has seriously flown hasn’t it. It’s shocking and very scary. Thanks for the luck and all the best to your son too! x

  3. 13/01/2016 / 12:30 PM

    Good luck with finding the right school for your daughter. It is such a transition, not just in terms of getting to and from, but in the expectations around work, uniform etc. The Tubblet is in her first year and we’re still getting used to it all. It does get easier though and the school has been great.

    • 17/01/2016 / 8:56 AM

      Thanks for the luck. Choosing the right school is such a HUGE decision isn’t it. So pleased to hear that your daughter is loving her school.

  4. 13/01/2016 / 2:16 PM

    I couldn’t imagine LP starting school, let along high school! She will do you proud x

    • 17/01/2016 / 8:57 AM

      Haha. It’s a seriously scary prospect isn’t it! I’ll have three High school kids come September! I’m so old! haha. x

  5. 13/01/2016 / 3:09 PM

    Aww best of luck with it all, it’s such a huge step but I’m sure you’ll make the best choice. You just brought back lots of memories of when my mum would past my playground and wave to me when she was out shopping 🙂

    • 17/01/2016 / 8:57 AM

      Thank you! Aww what lovely memories to be reminded of! x

  6. Pamela | Life With Munchers
    14/01/2016 / 9:53 PM

    Omg! Munch starts primary this August and I’m freaking…the thought of high school kills me! x

    • 17/01/2016 / 9:00 AM

      Oh gosh, get the tissues ready because that first Primary year goes by so fast! Next thing you blink and they are going into High School! lol x

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