Thanks for starting this thread PC.I have just had a think about how I would describe the last year.
Last Sept I had a DS and a DD starting at different (although sister schools) grammar schools where they were going to be apart for the first time and making new friends for the first time in about 9 years. Needless to say I was worried but looking back now I worried about the wrong things
They have loved being separated and have found it easy to make new friends. (DD has a small group of "best" friends BFFs
DS has lots of friends but no best friend)
What I should have worried about was how many things they would leave on the bus/ lose at school and how much effort I would have to put in to organising and helping with homework in the first few months. I have to say, however, DD was independent with her study after the first few weeks whereas DS would like me to still help and organise him (I DON'T!)
The most stressful period was exam week (more so for DS than DD
) The best bits (for me) were watching concerts/ sports matches/ shows as they have both entered fully into extra curricular life.
It has, by no means, been plain sailing but I am very proud of both of them and have no doubt that they are both in the right place. I just have to help my 2 younger DDs through the process now. Gulp.