Parents, children and independence
I didn’t cry on my daughter’s first day of school. Instead, I celebrated her new step forward. With a toddler at home and a baby on the way, I counted my blessings that we’d gotten a spot at all in a Czech kindergarten. I was thankful that Anna Lee could be in a supportive environment with similar-age kids. The fact that she’d get to reinforce her second “mother” tongue was an added bonus. Anna was on her way to being bilingual by the time her younger brother started his first year of kindergarten, and her eagerness to show off her school took precedence over my motherly anxiety about my children growing up. But, it hasn’t always been so easy to let them lead the way.