I know I'm going to sound like a major freak in this post...
But I'm afraid to send my daughter to school. She is 4 so the time is approaching, but I really don't want her to go. :\ It's a mix of reasons really. It's been just her and I her entire life, she's never gone to daycare or anything like that. She's perfectly on track with kids her age because I've worked with her a lot on letters and numbers and all that. But I'm just fearful of her being away from me, and she expresses the same thing (obviously, she's a kid). I'm afraid the other kids won't accept her, afraid they will bully her around, etc. She hasn't been around a ton of kids in her life so I'm scared she will be super shy around them. Going from being with her 24/7 to her leaving me ALL day scares me. You hear so many bad stories of teachers not being good to their students, and other smurfed up stuff happening at school... idk. Pretty much everything there could be to be afraid of, I am afraid of. Is anyone else like this? Just knowing she will be going to school in the next year or two gives me such horrible anxiety. I am considering joining a homeschool coalition and homeschooling her and just putting her in a bunch of activities for more of the peer aspect (she starts karate in a few weeks.) Can ANYONE relate to this? I just want to know I'm not the only psycho.
You're not alone. My daughter only goes to school for half a day, 3 times a week but she will be in school full time next year. My son will be in part preschool and be with a sitter a lot since I'm going back to working soon. I'll probably be calling the baby sitter/daycare 5 times a day, like a psycho.
It is super scary to send them to school. I have been home for over 4 years now. My oldest who is 6 started school last fall. It was super hard, but he was so excited. I couldn't let him see my fears. My son has done fantastic and has made some great friends. One being a girl. It was easier for me once I was able to see how much fun he was having. I go to every class event and even pop in and have lunch with him from time to time. His teacher is wonderful and keeps the parents involved. It is normal to have fears.