Today my son started school here in Thailand. I have spoken before about how I’ve been dreading this day. People always say how kids grow up too fast, but it has still caught me by surprise. My son is entering a new chapter in his life where he will become a bit more independent. School is going to change him, and there is nothing I can do to stop it.
A few weeks ago I discussed the reasons for why I felt a bit hesitant about sending my son to school at 3 ½ (see here). My main gripe was the length of the school day. They wanted him to be in school from 08:00 until 15:00. In the end I put my foot down. I agreed to send him to school this year but only between 08:00 and 12:00. The school were fine with this because I’ll be paying the same fees. It also turns out that the children just sleep between 12:00 and 15:00 anyway.
I spent a long time looking for an appropriate school for my son in Thailand. We moved to Minburi just so that he could attend this one. It’s a private bilingual school; one of the few that has reasonable term fees. I also like the fact that they teach Tae Kwon Do from day one. I’m a huge fan of martial arts because it teaches so many important life skills.
First Day of School in Thailand
We arrived at the school this morning at 07:30. I’d sort of expected to have a bit of time with my son before his class began; maybe have the chance to take a few pictures. The school administration had a different idea. They whisked him away as soon as he arrived. This way of doing things does make sense. It would probably be harder for the kids to get settled in if their parents are hanging around.
My son looked confused as he was led away by his new teacher, but he didn’t get upset. When we got home the house felt a bit empty without him. My office is upstairs and I’m used to hearing him pottering about below. I had to keep reminding myself that he was only going to be away for four hours and not four years.
We picked him up at noon and my son appeared unharmed by his first day at school. He did a lot better than I did at his age; I ran away from school on my first day. He was a bit vague about what he’d been up to, but he is positive about returning again tomorrow. So it turns out that I needn’t have been so worried about this change in our life.