CB DisclosureDear Diary,

In one week, my princess will start school. Grant it, she’ll be heading to the three-year-old class, but it’s the beginning of her formal education nonetheless. Right now, we’re trying to make the most out of her final days of summer and got in some FROZEN fun as we counted down to her first day of preschool. She’s pretty much ready to venture out of our kingdom and into the care of another ruler–her teacher. She’s potty training. She knows her numbers and letters. And she needs to be around other little princes and princesses. I, on the other hand, am a little anxious of her leaving the castle.

If you’re experiencing the same anxiety, here are four ways to prepare for a majestic start of preschool.

1. Go Shopping

Go Shopping

Caitlynn and I headed to Walmart to buy back-to-school, or should I say, the start-of-school, necessities. We searched the aisles for book bags, lunch boxes and crayons. I also let Caitlynn pick out something fun–really to make me feel better about her turning three! Naturally, she ran to the toy section. She checked out the Elsa and Olaf dolls, but couldn’t make her mind up over which one she wanted to add to her collection. As always, we spent more time than I planned playing in the aisle and discussing why we couldn’t buy everything on the store shelves.

2. Read a Book

Read a Book

I’ve read to Caitlynn, since she was in my womb. She continues to develop a love for reading now that she’s my big girl, not my baby. Those are her words. She’ll always be mommy’s baby! We purchased a Frozen read-a-long storybook and CD, which featured thrilling sound effects, word-for-word narration and original movie voices from Frozen.

3. Play a Game

Play a Game

To get in much needed mommy and me time, Caitlynn and I play games several times throughout the week. Sometimes she convinces me to play a game when I drop her off at my aunt’s house before I go to work. Disney Frozen’s My Busy Books offers us a quick, fun way to get in some quality time. We spread out the playmat, acted out scenes in super silly voices and
made the movie’s figurines dance around the table.

4. Chill Out

Chill Out

Be sure to chill out! Watch Frozen the movie, eat a frozen treat or pretend to be a princess–or a super hero as Caitlynn did this weekend. Preschool lays the foundation of learning, but as parents, we don’t want to get too serious too soon. We must remember to chill out have have fun.

Hey DFTM Fam–Is your little one always down for #FROZENfun? What Frozen products have you purchased? How are you getting ready for preschool/daycare?

About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

One Response

  1. Summer Len Davis

    First off, Caitlynn is GORGEOUS. Second, YAY for preschool and new beginnings! My 3 year old son starts on Monday and I’m so excited for both of us. These are some great tips to prepare for preschool. It’s so easy to forget that while it might not be a huge adjustment for US, it’s an enormous thing for our children, and a huge upset (in a good way) to their lives and routines. I love these little bonding activities! #client


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