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M3 AND ME
BEING THERE THOUGHTS ON A NEW SCHOOL YEAR WITH MARIKO EDWARDS, MPT, OCS
As I write, the school year is about to begin, and my daughters, Emiko, 7, and Reiko, 5, will be starting a whole new adventure. Not only are my girls starting second grade and kindergarten, respectively, but they will be doing so at a new school within walking distance of our house! While my husband and I certainly won’t miss battling LA traffic in both directions to pick them up, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous. My daughters have to get to know a whole new set of teachers and kids. Ultimately, this might be a positive experience for Emiko and Reiko, but I can’t help but worry about all the little what-ifs. One thing that gives me confidence is reminding myself of Emiko’s first week of school. The first time we dropped off Emiko, there were some tears. But my husband and I had strategized ahead of time: We weren’t going to linger. Hanging around to comfort our daughter wouldn’t make the situation any easier on her. We figured it was best to tear off the Band-Aid quickly and let Emiko begin to adjust to her new situation. By the end of that first week, there wasn’t any clinging or crying — the opposite, in fact. All Doyin and I got from her was a “Bye!” before she ran off to play with her friends. It was so abrupt that I almost missed the clinging.
meet. I have no doubt she’ll make friends quickly and easily at her new school. Reiko, on the other hand, is a little more reticent. In fact, she reminds me a lot of myself when I was her age, and because of that, I know her older sister will take care of her. I know this because Emiko and Reiko are like carbon copies of my older sister and me when we were their age. Sure, they tease and harass one another plenty, but there’s a current of love and care just below the surface. Reiko’s at that age where she wants to be just like her big sister, mimicking the way she talks, dresses, and plays. I used to do the same thing to my sister. What can I say? I looked up to her. And in turn, my sister kept an eye out for me. I have no doubt Emiko will be keeping Reiko under her wing. All this being said, I’m still nervous and excited for this transition in their lives. Doyin and I are definitely planning on walking them to school together the first few days. I want to be there for as many steps of this new journey as I can. Again, looking back on my own childhood, both my parents were educators and shared the same school schedule as me. Unfortunately, being a therapist does not afford me the same luxury of being in perfect sync with my daughters.
to foster with patients these past 17 years have been an incredibly rewarding part of my life, and will continue to be. It was hard when I began working fewer hours close to two years ago. But in that time, I’ve come to realize just how much that little bit of extra family time means. As a working parent, you want to be the best at both worlds. But on milestones like the first day of school, you remember just how fast time flies and how important even the small moments are. I wouldn’t trade anything in the world for those extra two hours in an evening to spend time with my children and hear about their day.
Here’s to all the parents working hard out there, at their job and at home.
Fast-forward to today, and Emiko is one of the kindest, most outgoing kids you’ll ever
Don’t get me wrong, I love my job. The connections and friendships I’ve been able
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