Here are a few things I have learned since Asher started his kindergarten year in school.
According to one of Asher’s classmates, it is possible to be allergic to raccoons… because Ashe’s classmate is. Who knew?
Five-year olds’ stories make a lot more sense when you actually know them. Until kindergarten, Chele or I have been with Asher during the majority of his waking hours. That meant we saw what was happening daily and could help “translate” the stories he was trying to tell. When Ashe started kindergarten, he obviously began spending the majority of his waking hours away from us. And he had just as many stories to tell.
Chele and I now work to put the storytelling puzzle pieces together when Asher tells us what went on during school. That is a much larger task than I had originally thought.
Another result of Asher spending the majority of his time in kindergarten is that we lose a lot of control we used to have over him. This was not totally unexpected, but it can still be difficult at times. We still work on guiding, instructing, and disciplining Asher, but many of the day-to-day decisions are now his.
Asher now chooses his own friends. In fact, I cannot tell you how many times Michele and I have used David Chadwick’s “friends are like elevators” line since last August. He also now chooses how he is going to behave. Ashe is learning there are consequences as a result of his actions, but he definitely has more freedom to make those daily decisions on how he interacts with others.
These are just a few of the lessons I have learned over the past six months since Asher started kindergarten.
I look forward to the lessons Michele and I still have to learn as both kids continue to grow and get older.