First grade begins one week from today. As such, I’m feeling unhinged. I couldn’t quite express why until I read this today:

“For parents, too, first grade is a milepost, a beginning. Their child is entering the ‘real world.’ She will be labeled. She will be assessed. She will be exposed to influences over which parents have little control. A teacher becomes a powerful presence in new ways in the child’s life. Beyond the teacher’s task of nurturing cognitive growth, he or she will be able to influence the emotional development and values of the child. Her teacher will become the ultimate authority on a variety of matters, which had previously been just between parent and child… Your child is no longer just yours. She belongs to the world in a new way. Will that world like her? Will it see her lovely traits and talents–or just her weaknesses? Parents’ feelings of having to share their child, of giving her up to others, deepen in first grade.” — T. Berry Brazelton, M.D. & Joshua D. Sparrow, M.D., , Touchpoints Three to Six: Your Child’s Emotional and Behavioral Development

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