My youngest child is heading off to Junior Kindergarten (JK) in September. In Ontario, children are registered in JK the year that they turn four. Kindergarten is a two-year, play-based curriculum, and it became a full-day program across the province in 2014. So, in just a few months, off she will go to join her brother in the everyday school world.
She’s ready. I, on the other hand, most certainly am not.
When my son was born in 2009, I chose to take a huge step back from my career. I had only been in practice for a few years at that point, and it soon became clear that I could not operate a clinic and be at home with my son as much as I wanted to be. Something had to give, so I sold my clinic in 2010 and have worked as an Independent Contractor, running my business within a business, since then. In 2013, after my daughter was born, I found my BSSC family and planted my practice roots. Now here I am, for the first time in seven and a half years, preparing to go back to full-time hours. The chapter of my life with young children at home, a chapter that seemed to stretch endlessly before me, is in fact, coming to a close.
My husband and I have always altered our schedules to work opposite hours so that one of us can be at home with our kids. For the first three years, that meant just my son and I had our mornings together, and for the last two years it’s been just my daughter and I. But she and I only have three months left of our girls-only weekdays. My husband is a teacher, so will be back at home starting in July, as will my son, who is finishing Grade 1. Just April, May, June, and then the page turns.
They say that the days are long but the years are short. And they’re right.
Here’s to twelve more weeks of what-shall-we-do-today mornings….