Leaving primary – why does this move knock mums for six?

The scared-looking grin just about sums it all up
Today is Boy One’s last day at primary. It’s a Big Step for us all. 
I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling unexpectedly wobbly about the whole thing. My first baby stepping up to the next stage and all that. 
We’ve been talking about it, preparing for it, and getting excited about it for months. Why, then, is this such a lump-in-the-throat transition?
Is it because Boy One is leaving the protective shelter of the fantastic Bridge of Weir primary school? I know we have been extraordinarily lucky with the level of support he has had there. But I’ve no reason to think that the same level of care won’t continue at Gryffe High School. It certainly seems that way.
Is it because it only seems like yesterday when the little boy with his brand new uniform and pale face vanished into his classroom for the first time? Possibly. It can hardly seem right that we’re all seven years old in a blink. 
It certainly isn’t because this family is bidding farewell to primary. By the time Boy Three finishes in 2021, I’ll have spent 17 years as a primary parent.
Perhaps it’s because the next leaving that Boy One comes to will be the one from school to the next thing, to being an adult and going out into the world? It could be. If seven years went by in a jiffy, how fast will the next six go?
Anyhow, it probably doesn’t do to dwell on it too much. Just give your primary leavers a huge hug – they’ll need it and don’t forget the tissues. Good luck.

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  1. says

    I have a Primary leaver too. Today she spent the day at her new Secondary and has discovered what tutor group she'll be in etc. Luckily she's with 2 of her good friends. She's taking it all in her stride but I'm a wreck. Gulp.
    She'll be getting plenty of hugs before September though I suspect it might be me who needs them the most. 😀

  2. says

    Hi Jo, It's weird how this milestone seems to really get some of us. Today wasn't too bad in the end, although some of the kids were upset. Onwards and upwards now for him. And that'll be when the really interesting stuff starts. x

  3. says

    My daughter is moving from Junior to Senior house from Friday when she breaks up, a huge transition also as they are given such an amount of independence once they are over there. Not sure she can cope fully without being mothered by the lovely Junior house staff, but I'm hoping it will act as a catharsis (ie a kick up the bum) towards her thinking of things she needs to remember for herself instead of relying so much on me.

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