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A poem for your very first day of school

The first day of school, and the teary-eyed drop off, is such an emotional time for both kids and parents alike. So, for everyone like us who is sending their pride and joy off to school for the very first time this month, this one’s for you. No, I’m not crying, YOU ARE!

First day

New uniform, bought far too large

“With room to grow”, we say

New hair cut, sorted just in time,

To keep your mop at bay.

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New book bag, empty, by your side

Black shoes fresh out the box

New emblem proudly on your chest

And name tapes in your socks.

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Doorstep portrait, first of many,

When did you get so tall?

“Smile, say cheese” – click – oh my heart,

A keeper, sent to all.

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I can’t believe this day’s arrived

Through teary eyes I see

You’re only four (and only just)

A baby, still, to me.

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Deep in thought, few words you say,

While walking down the street

Look left, look right, we cross the road

To friends you’re yet to meet.

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Your hand in mine, and mine in yours

“Quick, quick, we can’t be late!”

Part nervous, part excited,

As we both approach the gate.

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And place your coat and bag upon

A peg marked with your name

As teachers welcome each bright spark

With smiles for each who came.

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The longest hug, one last high five

Kiss kiss to say bye bye

Now off you go, and don’t look back

Or else you’ll see me cry.

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Wishing all of your little ones the best of luck for their first day of school! You can do this!!

For more advice on pregnancy, birth and parenthood, my new book YOU THE DADDY: The Hands-on Dad’s Guide to Fatherhood, is OUT NOW to buy!

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