When we moved the Washington, not only was I worried about adjusting to our new city, home, the weather etc but I was probably the most worried about my oldest daughter, Phoebe, adjusting and making new friends. She is young, yes, but making new friends and adapting to a new life/home/school/& people is hard at any age.
We found a great pre-school for Phoebe just minutes away from our house. I was working at the time and was having my nanny drop off and pick up. Leaving me feeling disconnected to say the least. Not only from getting to know her teacher but also disconnected from ever actually meeting any of P’s classmates or other parents. My sister, Grace, gave me the brilliant idea to leave hand written cards in some of the kid’s cubbies, telling them we just moved here and asking to meet at the park or to schedule a play date. So, I got my wonderful nanny to drop these off. . . we had asked P’s teacher who she plays with . . and after just a week or two, Cathy (Maya’s mom) emailed me and we had a play date scheduled! And then with Juleigh and Alyssa . . Phoebe has made friends and I met some great mom friends as well too.
As a parent, I worry so much all the time about all sorts of things. . no parent ever wants their kid to feel sad, uncomfortable, alone or left out. All we can do is be there for them, listen, talk to them, support them, help them, pray for them and teach them good lessons . . the rest is out of our hands. . here’s hoping that as she gets older (and enters that stage of life where it’s not cool to talk to your mom or tell her anything) . . here’s hoping that she surrounds herself with good people who will love and support her as much as I do.