The First Day of Kindergarten… For Me.


Roenne with her little sister Arden during Open House.

Tomorrow is the first day of Kindergarten for @Roenne and my wife and I are tripping out – we spent the night talking about the challenges that we’re going to be facing in the future (and not-so-distant future) regarding our kids in school.

We have a ton of concerns, anything from the quality of education to teachers to faculty relationships to PTA membership to bullying to the quality of food being served to… you name it.

What’s a parent to do these days? It’s almost as if we’re dropping them off and saying “Good luck… let’s hope for the best!” which is kind of what it’s like anyways, right?

Ah, we’re a wreck.


Interesting pencil sharpener…

We couldn’t be more proud of our little girl but we’re unsure of what to expect.

I’m sure a lot of this community has already walked a few of their kids to school for their first kindergarten and lived to tell the tale! In fact, I’d love to hear about it!


Name tags are always cool.

This is, of course, the first of at least two at this point. I’m sure we’ll do just fine.

  • Thad P @

    I well remember the first day our daughter went to kindergarden. We were a wreck too. She survived (and loved the first day). We did too, but it was still hard the next day (for us).

    She’s in high school now. I’m still a wreck, but she is doing great! Yours will too!

    Just discovered your blog today…found some answers to a question or two I have about advertising on my blog. You have an excellent resource.

    I’ll be back!

  • Lisa

    Good luck, those are fun and scary times. Maybe if you don’t like it you could home school?

  • Chris Walker

    I have put 2 through kindergarten now. 1 is in 1st grade and the other in 2nd. My second grader is also a special needs child, so he gets a lot more attention in his class. But my best advice to you should come pretty easy for you. Be intentional about building a relationship with their teachers. Through small discussions during pick up and drop off or whatever is available to you. It is so valuable to get to know those who are teaching your kids. It helps them to teach your kid as well because nobody knows your kid better than you.

  • @ThatGuyKC

    Congrats on entering this new chapter of life! Our daughter starts full day Kindergarten this fall as well. Just remember that billions of kids have gone before her and turned out okay. :)

  • Darla McDavid

    Oh, boy — now you’re in for it, and you’re going to love it. My son (only child) is 23 and I remember his first day of kindergarten like it was yesterday. I cried like crazy, but only after I said goodbye and went to my car. Then I got very involved with the school — lunch, playground, classroom. I now work for a school (kindergarten through fourth grade) and I’m going to send you a link to a Yahoo! article that I wrote. It tells you how to get the most out of back-to-school night, which I’m sure is coming up for you soon.

  • Dawn Casey-Rowe (@runningdmc)

    I’m going through the same thing, but I have to say, I pity the teacher. And I am a professional educator.

  • Jessica Zirbes

    John, your girls are gorgeous! I love these family articles. My hubby and I will say a prayer for your daughter and her new school experience.