Just the Two of Us


After we waved goodbye to the boys at the school gates this morning, Clemmie and I had a leisurely walk back home. It was another beautiful, sunny day but the house seemed almost eerily quiet and it hit me that next year I will be at those same gates waving off not two but three kids. I still can’t get my head around the fact that kids here in England start school so early. The boys are both autumn babies so they were nearly five when they went into Reception class but Clemmie’s birthday is in July so she will have just turned four, which seems so very young. She starts preschool in two weeks’ time but that will only be 12 hours a week so just enough time for me to go to the gym, do a bit of blogging, and attempt to keep on top of the housework.

But if the last few years are anything to go by, I know that September 2014 will be here in just the blink of an eye. And then (with no more babies on the horizon) it will be time for me to really figure out what I want to do with the rest of my life… An exciting but also slightly daunting prospect.

6 thoughts on “Just the Two of Us

  1. It is odd how differently they do it – my youngest is 6 and would have been starting year 2 in the UK, but he is in the equivalent of Reception here. My eldest was the oldest in his class in the UK and is now one of the youngest! I think there are pros and cons with both, but I think the idea of letting children be children (Swedish style) appeals to me more!

    • I know, me too. It wasn’t so bad with the boys as they were almost five when they started but my youngest will still be so little! At our school all kids go for full days right from the start so it will be five days if 9-3. I have even enquired about her starting school a year later but then she would have to go straight into year one which is not ideal either. I guess I’ll just have to brace myself for a difficult first year. X

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