Monday, September 8, 2014

Parenthood: Week 67 - Daycare Letter

"'Sometimes,' said Pooh, 'the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.’"
Dear Ollie’s new teachers,

I regret that I cannot attend Ollie’s orientation, but today is my second day at the school that I teach at and there’s a lot of beginning of the year craziness that require my attention.

I wanted to tell you a little bit about Ollie and our family as you get to know him and welcome him into your community.

Diana and I love being parents. We both love kids instinctively and are interested in kids intellectually. While we take the care of our son seriously, we don’t take ourselves too seriously as parents. We believe that life is meant to be enjoyed and if that means that Ollie gets some germs from trying to eat dirt or some preservatives from sharing a tasty snack, that’s okay with us. Instead of basing our parenting decisions on a single philosophy, we base our decisions on research, what is pragmatic and what is best for Ollie and our entire family.

Diana and I trust each other completely with Ollie. There is no task related to the care of Ollie that we do not have faith that the other person can handle. While we know Ollie in different ways, we both truly know Ollie as our son and a person.

Ollie is one of my favorite people on this planet. He’s optimistic and goofy. While he’s easy-going, he is also very determined. Ollie is observant and sometimes cautious but he’s also brave and curious. Ollie sees life as an adventure and new people as another kind soul that he can connect with simply by smiling at them. He’s one of the kindest people I have ever met in my entire life.

Ollie’s belief in the goodness of people and his fascination with the ordinary inspires me every day.

The decision to have Ollie come to day care was one of the most difficult for our family. However our time touring this school, meeting Amy have convinced us that day care can be an rewarding experience for Ollie and our whole family.

There’s a lot of reasons why we feel your daycare is a good fit, but one of the main reasons is the feel, the vibe of the school. From Amy’s warmth to the office staff, who on our recent visit produced a flurry of giggles out of Ollie, it’s clear that you embraces life with optimism and joy.

Please take care of our special little guy. We are putting our most precious and cherished part of our lives in your care. Ollie’s the best of who we are. Even on the most difficult moments of being a parent, I am thankful that Ollie is in my life.

We know that this transition may bring challenges so please let us know what we can do to help. Our family looks forwards to Ollie’s adventures at your daycare and to becoming part of your community.

Sincerely,

-Kingsley

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