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Damn, I was dreading the first day of preschool.

Well, the first day of year two of preschool.

Dylan is a shy girl and I knew she would not immediately jive with being in new room with different teachers.

But that morning, she was surprisingly in good spirits.

But as we arrived at school, this carefree Saturday Night Fever girl vanished and my daughter Dylan clung to me and sobbed and begged me not to leave her. After two hours, I finally managed to extricate myself from her grasp and the building.

I just knew this day would suck.

But by pick-up, all was completely calm. And cupcakes seemed to be the ideal way to celebrate the conquering of all that newness and uncertainty.

And then it was my turn. As I headed off to a parents’ orientation at the school, Dyan remarked…

“You’re going out tonight?”

“Yes. I have that parents night at your preschool,” I replied.

“You should wear something prettier,” Dylan remarked.

“Really? This is a cute dress. I got a ton of compliments on this today,” I said.

“You should wear something prettier,” she insisted again.

“Like what?” I asked.

“Like your black shirt and white shorts.”

“Um. Ok. I’ll think about it.”

I didn’t.

I wore the dress which was perfectly adorable. And not in a questionable way like that visor situation.

What does a very soon to be 4 year-old know about fashion anyway? Geez.

The orientation was pretty standard. We learned about their schedule like snack time, arts and crafts and an educational video during rest time. An educational video?

I just know they are watching old episodes of “Friends.” It’s a gut feeling but I’m pretty sure. I’m not going to make a big deal about it.

Speaking of friends, Dylan has certainly made one in her school mate and gal pal Ella.

mama bird notes:

Do you all remember when I was whisked off to Atlanta by the awesome Graco folks and treated like a mama rock star to help shoot their new car seat campaign? I sure do.

Well, the finished product, Ready for the Road Ahead, is here!! It gives you awesome information on all their car seats so you can actually figure out which one to buy, a very helpful tutorial on installing the car seat (my weakness) and helpful parenting tips from talented bloggers like Sheila from Xiaolin Mama, Joe from Joeprah and Vicky from The Mummy Chronicles.

Oh, and me.

Here at two clips with my BRILLIANT parenting know how. Click here and here.

27 Responses to we don’t need no education

  • kristen says:

    i love dylan’s legs crossed so delicately as she eats her cup-o-cake.

    last night my hub told me that my girl talks a lot lately about how beautiful mama is and then asks for his confirmation…too bad my girl needs glasses, hehehe. what i wouldn’t do to be a fly on the wall for his answer!

  • Traci says:

    I loved the video clips. My girls are now 14 and 16 and we did a lot of 5 hours trips, once a month for 5 years but that was back when you could record every episode of Big Comfy Couch or Brandy Bunch and keep the occupied for hours.

    Funny, my oldest in now driving and I’m the one holding on to her legs as she heads out the door. What goes around comes around!

  • Cathy says:

    James is really shy, too, and I hate dropping him off at preschool. He doesn’t cry, but gets this look on his face like he’s going to prison. But when I pick him up, he running around the playground having a great time. So I guess it’s not so bad after all.

  • toni says:

    Parents night at preschool? Wow. Do they also hold parent-teacher conferences? I guess we are just a little more laid back in the southwest. Parents night? Really?

  • Shani says:

    So cute! My little guy used to cry, cry, cry when I would drop him off at Mother’s Morning Out. Now he yells “YAY!” when we arrive and cries when I pick him up!

    I hope Dylan has a great year!

  • Jen says:

    My daughter (3.5) loves preschool, but threw up all over the place yesterday (1st day!) … so I had to pick her up after a half hour! YIKES! Here’s hoping the second day is better. Keep up the great writing KK! πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer H says:

    I bet things turned around for her at school when she looked down and realized what as super-cute outfit she was wearing.

    And your videos! You are a hot mama…and you have great hair! (That might not be the first time I’ve said that!)

  • Rhea says:

    Your hair and make-up looks amazing! You look very chic and pretty in the video clips.

    I can’t imagine being in the car only once a week or so. I spend hours in it DAILY. We live in our car, I swear. Books, especially activity books with mazes and word searches, are very helpful.

    My boys could pretty much care less what I wear. But, little girls are more fashion conscious, I know. I remember telling my mom she couldn’t pick me up from school unless she had her make-up on. Isn’t that awful?!

  • Erin says:

    get job on the graco carseat site! you look great! and passed on some superb mommy wisdon. as for the cupcakes, i know they always make me feel better.

  • Aimee says:

    You look so fancy and hip in the Graco clips! πŸ™‚
    As for leaving the kid(s) and the crying–it i s the WORST. I think it is harder on the momma since you are the one having to walk away and “abandon” them (at least that is what it feels like). I was thinking about this on the way out of leaving Rylan with a sitter today–I felt awful and was wondering if it will get any better with time–they I read your post–and thought…shit preschool is going to SUCK for me πŸ™‚ I am going to need cupcakes AND a stiff drink!
    Cheers to you for getting through it!

  • Cupcakes would be an ideal way to celebrate every day!

    So glad she has already made a friend- that makes all the difference.

    Cherish those ‘grasping on to you’ days while they last. Soon they’ll be the ‘I’m sorry, who are you again and why are you waving goodbye to me? days’ ( :

  • Diana says:

    Great job on the videos! You sound smart and approachable and look fabulous!
    And those cupcakes are going to consume my thoughts all afternoon!!!! YUM!

  • ErinB says:

    I am glad to have a couple more years before I have to go through the drop off!! I think it will be a million times worse for me than her !! I am sure I will be one of those parents hiding out in the bushes til pick up time.
    FAB parenting clips!! watch out Hollywood :-}

  • Aunt Marcia (Guess Whose?) says:

    Back East do they instruct pre-schoolers in how to load and shoot a gun in preparation for public school? I think everyone should start or end the day with a cupcake…

  • Kristin says:

    I thought your dress was pretty – didn’t get a chance to tell you. Glad you didn’t change, although I would have loved to see the visor as an accessory! Only you could make a visor ok to wear.

  • Lanie says:

    Dylan, good luck with school. Kelc – was it Graco or YouTube that who spelled your name wrong? Would you like me to email them about it? Great post and great videos! πŸ™‚

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