For parents in many parts of Australia, this week is a very, very important one.
It’s the week their child starts school for the first time. They’ll dress their sons and daughters in uniforms that seem far too big, put shiny, brand new shoes on their feet, and place hats on their heads that will inevitably be lost within days. Lunch boxes will be packed, and bags will be zipped up.
But it’s the emotional significance of this moment that takes many parents by surprise. It’s a reminder that your child won’t be a baby forever, and as they grow up, they’ll gradually become more and more independent.
For Rebecca Judd, Tuesday was the big day. Her eldest son, five-year-old Oscar, is starting Kindergarten.
Speaking to Mamamia, the 34-year-old described how she’s feeling about Oscar’s big day.
“He’s so ready,” she said. “I’m excited for him.”
“I think he’ll love the challenge, and learning, and he loves sharing information.”
“Oscar’s academic,” she said, explaining that she’s glad the school he’s attending has a strong academic focus. The mum-of-four is also excited for all the sports Oscar will have the opportunity to participate in – including playing basketball for the first time.
But for Judd, Oscar starting school is made substantially easier by the fact that it’s the same place he attended pre-school. The “big one” for this week, therefore, involves two-year-old Billie.