School changed my child

When Vije suggested enrolling Kitana in a play school last year, I was hesitant. I guess moms go through the stage where they don’t want to let go of their little babies or admit they actually growing up. For me, Kitana is still a baby…well she will always be my little girl but I sometimes I think she’s delicate when she’s actually very strong.

It took lots of convincing from friends and my husband for me to agree to enrol her into play school. My main reason for saying yes was so that she could socialize and interact with children her age. I could see she was getting bored at home and was way too addicted to breast milk.

Little did I know that school would actually do more than that… Kitana has always been a fussy eater. Ever since she started eating solids, we had issues. At first she had a mild milk allergy and then with teething, her eating only got worse.


There were days I used to cry myself to sleep thinking what I’m I doing wrong? Why isn’t my child eating?! I tried everything and even made meals myself but got disappointed when she refused everything except the breast milk. It was starting to take a toll on me and her. She would literally drink milk 24/7 and survived on that for many months.

I was really hoping school would change her eating habits and it actually did! The first 2 weeks of play school was a bit tough on both of us. I felt empty every time I left her and she cried every day. Saying goodbye with a smile on my face was the hardest part. It broke my heart leaving my child crying… screaming out for me… I just wanted to take her out of school and leave her at home for another year. But my husband helped me through this, he made me strong and helped me realise this was the best for Kitana.


3 weeks after enrolling her, she got her first cold. It wasn’t a great week for her as she struggled with a horrible cough and running nose but she fought through it with very little medication. I predicted this would happen as most kids end up getting sick once they start school.

After a month and couple days of school, Kitana started eating better. She started eating porridge which she hated growing up and even ate food she never ate at home.

School changed my child and it was for the better. She comes home with world stories, currently potty training and she actually asks for food! School was the best decision I made for my child and I realized sometimes it isn’t a bad thing to send them from an early age.

Kitana dancing

She has shown interest in dance so I’ve enrolled her. She starts this Wednesday and I’m sure, soon her schedule will be busier than mine.

Every day she asks a question or has a very interesting answer for me. She’s full of surprises and I’m loving it.

Now, she gets excited for school. She even gives me a hug and kiss goodbye.

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  1. 2015-03-24 / 10:48

    And so they grow up….. What a beautiful photo that last one is and it does seem that school is doing wonders.

    • 2015-03-24 / 14:00

      Thank you! The only downfall is they get sick so often. 🙁 but everything else is great.

  2. 2015-03-24 / 16:43

    Ugh, my little one has been sick three times already in the last 2 months. It’s horrible that they have to get sick in order to build a stronger immune system….. But when I see how much fun he has and how happy he is when I drop him off at school……… it’s the best ever 🙂

  3. 2015-03-24 / 18:10

    Cute photos of your daughter! Glad to hear school help improve her eating habits. Sounds like you made a great decision to send her to school.

  4. 2015-03-24 / 18:36

    That’s great to hear that school has had such a positive effect on your daughter! Hopefully she’s continue to love school and thrive in it <3

  5. Joseph
    2015-03-24 / 19:57

    Great pics of your daughter! Take many as you can because they grow up so fast!

  6. 2015-03-24 / 19:57

    She really made and amazing transition! It’s so cool that she gets excited for school now!

  7. Heather
    2015-03-24 / 22:28

    I’m so glad it worked out so well. We are thinking of sending Nicky in July I also am hesitant although in a lot of ways he is ready, I’m not sure I am…

  8. Stephanie Hebert
    2015-03-25 / 01:36

    She is adorable! Its so hard to let go of our babies but its for the best!

  9. 2015-03-25 / 06:47

    She is adorable!!! School has helped my kids so much, in fact it even helped with potty training and their developmental delays!

  10. 2015-03-25 / 06:56

    Awww she is so cute and so adorable. I do not have kids yet so I can only imagine but glad she settled in fine and you’re both a bit at ease

  11. 2015-03-25 / 07:19

    this is so great that she’s been learning good habits from school. 🙂 we don’t have any kids, but i imagine it’s really difficult leaving a crying child.

  12. 2015-03-25 / 11:36

    I can’t even imagine sending my little boy to school! I don’t want to let him go haha!

  13. 2015-03-25 / 16:11

    My son really blossomed when he went to school…he learned so much, had friends, spoke better…it was amazing!

  14. Time flies.. What a beautiful princess. Getting in school is a huge milestone for them. I remember my daughter was sick all the time the first year

  15. 2015-03-25 / 23:39

    She is so adorable and I do believe school can be good for children. It does teach them socialization and they learn many good things. Thanks for sharing.

  16. 2015-03-26 / 02:15

    It’s always a challenge to slowly let them go. At the same time, it’s a proud moment as they slowly hit their milestones.

  17. 2015-03-26 / 02:23

    Glad To hear about the positive changes school has had on your princess!!! We put my princess in a 2×2 class for two year olds to help with her speech and omg best decision ever!

  18. 2015-03-26 / 04:34

    You have an adorable daughter! Glad that going to school was an advantage for her. Anyway, I am sure she is excited with dance class!

  19. 2015-03-26 / 04:36

    That’s great that school is going so well for her! Sorry she gets sick a lot, being sick is not fun!

  20. 2015-03-26 / 06:12

    What a beautiful picture of your little girl. Ahhhh yes, I remember the day each one of my children went off for school. Each one was hard, harder and hardest and the baby was almost unbearable when she went off to school for me. For them it was hard except for my oldest son he couldn’t wait… LOL He’s still a go getter too! The worst was my mama’s boy he went off kicking and screaming. Now my girls sad faces, watery eyes and sniffles… just like me!

  21. 2015-03-27 / 07:12

    You have an adorable baby! I am so glad that school helped her eating. I am having issues with sleep right now. My 8 month old keeps waking up at 3am and wanting to play. Got any tips for that?? XO

  22. 2015-03-27 / 08:29

    Kitana is adorable. You know, I also had separation anxiety when my daughter first went to school but when I saw how happy she was with her school and her new classmates, i also felt better.

  23. 2015-03-30 / 00:13

    The getting sick part was the only drawback for me, as well. But school was great for my kids, and for me as well. Kitana is so precious!

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