Big School…But He’s So Small!

FC#1 started school today.


I may be a Beta Mummy, but I’m not a heartless bitch.  Even though I complain about my children all the time, and even though I spend most of my time with them wishing that they’d go to bed already so that I can get on with the serious business of wine-drinking, I do actually love them – honest!


On paper, today isn’t a big deal.  I work pretty much full time, so both of the Ferals have been in one form of child care or another since they were a year old.  FC#1 going to school means spending only marginally less time with him than I’m used to.  He was at the school’s nursery all of last year, so he knows the setting, he’s familiar with the uniform, he knows the staff and many of the other kids – he was excited and raring to go.


But it is a big deal.

It’s a big deal because today is Day One of the next 14 years on the treadmill of education.  It’s a big deal because I know that gradually he will start to become less influenced by me, and more influenced by others.  It’s a big deal because there’s no going back from this.  It’s a big deal because today he has taken a little size 8G step along that nesting branch – the branch at the end of which he will jump from, one day, and fly.


He is such a great kid.  I wish you could meet him and you too could get to know how bloody awesome he is.  So intelligent and funny and adventurous and a complete pain in the arse but you can’t not love him.  I told him this morning that he would be brilliant, and I meant it – he really will be.

Doodle of Beta Mummy holding hands with Feral Child Number 1. They are looking up at the sign for "Big School". FC1 is totally ready. Beta Mummy is not. Beta Mummy has something in her eye...


“Congratulations! Today is your day.  You’re off to great places!  You’re off and away!  You have brains in your head.  You have feet in your shoes.  You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”  

Dr Seuss – Oh The Places You’ll Go!

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  • Sarah - Mum & Mor 07/09/2016 at 11:05 am

    Congratulations, fella!

    I can imagine it’s a very emotional time. I think I’d feel very emotional when my little one starts school.

  • Mouse Moo Me Too 07/09/2016 at 11:23 am

    Oh Christ! I was fine until the last line!

  • Fran 07/09/2016 at 12:15 pm

    I think I’ve got a little something in my eye…

  • Emma 07/09/2016 at 1:27 pm

    Awww. Well done both of you x ps thanks for tipping me over the edge with Dr Seuss

  • Sarah and Louise 08/09/2016 at 8:38 am

    Had the same ordeal this week – my youngest (and last) baby started BS. I hear ya! xx

  • Colleyswobbles 08/09/2016 at 8:44 pm

    Yep I’m with Fran I think there’s some grit or something in my eye 😉 A very touching and true post. I hadn’t really thought about the whole branch on a tree thing but now you’ve said it ? Why do they have to grow up so quickly. On the upside it’s amazing to see their personalities develop. Although I’m already starting to see his ‘personality’ appear after two days there. Huffing and puffing that would make Kevin and Perry proud ? Gem x

  • Sunita - Lucky Things blog 10/09/2016 at 10:05 pm

    Crikey, I’m not looking forward to Big Munch starting school next year. It must be a weird feeling knowing that your once little one is going to influenced by so many other people know. #KCACOLS

  • Jane Taylor 11/09/2016 at 1:21 am

    Aw! Brilliant. It took me back to walking up to the school gate for the first time with mine! Good old, Dr Seuss too! Thanks for linking #KCACOLS

  • Kerry 11/09/2016 at 7:06 am

    This has been us this week with my eldest starting school. I definitely was not ready for it, and it’s been very emotional! #KCACOLS

  • Shaney 11/09/2016 at 9:23 am

    I can imagine these are exciting and scary times! He will be brilliant and you’ll be fine too. I like what you said about him being less influenced by you and more so by others. That is what worries me about school too. But we can’t keep them wrapped up forever… Can we?


  • Laura @ Mama, Eden & Me 11/09/2016 at 5:44 pm

    How scary. You’re doing an awesome job! xx #KCACOLS

  • Sam @ A Young Mum's Guide 11/09/2016 at 8:35 pm

    Ahhh I loved this! Such an emotional time and they still seem too tiny. My eldest started high school this week and it’s terrifying, I’m most definitely not ready for the teenage years! Eeek! #KCACOLS

  • Rebecca | AAUBlog 11/09/2016 at 8:57 pm

    I’m right there with you! My son started primary school last week – I was so much more emosh than i thought I would be. how can they look so big but so small all at the same time?!

  • Sarah | Digital Motherhood 11/09/2016 at 9:56 pm

    Hope he had a great first week. We’re onto Year 1 now so definitely less emotional than last year! #KCACOLS

  • Rebecca 12/09/2016 at 9:08 pm

    This is a huge step! I got overly emotional when my eldest started nursery!! Hope big school is going well for you both! #KCACOLS

  • Poppy Reflects 13/09/2016 at 7:33 pm

    It always seems like they are braver than us! I hope the first week has been going well for both of you #KCACOLS

  • Soppymum (Sara) 14/09/2016 at 4:37 pm

    Oh lovely I’m going to be exactly the same. I’m sure there was lots of ‘dust’ in the air on the first day of school

  • Kelly 20/03/2017 at 4:20 am

    My oldest son is now 7 but when he started school i swore i was going to cry. it didn’t help that i was also heavily pregnant. I knew he was going to be fine but to me he was to little to be starting big school.


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