This article originally appeared in New York Family on September 13, 2013.
This month marks a milestone for my family. My 3-year-old twin boys will be entering nursery at Beit Rabban Day School and this will be the first time they have ever separated from me. My husband and I decided that, not only will we send them to school every day, but we also would send them for a full day, which ends at 2pm. When I tell people our plans when asked if the boys will be attending school in the fall, I get two reactions. One is a wide-eyed, surprised look followed by: “Wow, that is a really long day for them. Are they ready for it?” The other reaction is a head nod and a wide smile followed by “Oh they will love school, are you ready for it?”
For the past three years, I have been the event planner for my boys. I filled their days with various activities, play dates and outings that work for my time schedule. Unless there was a specific class we were enrolled in, I usually take my time to organize and get everything ready for our day. However, in between all my organizing, my twins go through bouts of peace and harmonious playing to outright wrestling matches to dismantling their room just because it is the most hilarious thing ever. So, as much as I love being their event planner, I do know that the kids would greatly benefit from a reliable routine. Thus, we decided to send them to school every day for a full day for their sanity and mine.
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