Some parents seem to glide through P1, but it was no walk in the park for me.
My daughter and I spent nearly the entire year of her Kindergarten 2 life mentally preparing ourselves for her transition to Primary 1.
Primary school hours are much longer than K2.
You’ll have to sleep and wake up much earlier.
You’ll have to learn to buy your own food during recess.
You’ll have to take a school bus.
You’ll have to be a lot more independent.
Don’t expect to see your K2 friends in your new class.
These were my most frequent utterances to her.
Her preschool chipped in too, by including Primary 1 briefings in her K2 curriculum. Yet, nothing quite prepped us for the realities until she actually started primary school.
The first month of P1 life went surprisingly well. I was a typical proud mother – yes, we made it to the seventh year of parenting! Status upgrade! My daughter adopted a positive front, though she had mixed feelings of excitement and fear.
Soon, however, our enthusiasm gave way to weariness, trepidation and even dread.
Here are my biggest struggles and takeaways from my first P1 parenting gig, besides having to wake up at 6am every weekday.