My Resignation

Dear Daughter

It is with great regret that I inform you today will be my last day with you as a stay at home mum.

The last 3 years have been lots of fun and very challenging but the time has come for you to go to preschool.

Being at stay at home mum was harder than I ever imagined it would be. Even with the start up of my company I found the loss of career and my professional self a huge blow as I didn’t realise how much I valued the independence my own regular income gave me.

It’s also been fun though – we’ve been to parks, to playgroups, to friends houses and on days out to the beach, to the countryside and to locals towns and cities. I’ve watched you sit up, roll over, learn to walk, learn to run, lean to fall and start to learn to talk. I’ve been able to be there for every one of these precious milestones and that has been a real privilege.

I’ve learned to keep my temper and how to be patient as well as learning when to let you explore and take risks.

I’m pretty nervous about you going to nursery on Monday but I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. It’s a lovely place full of sunshine and other children who want to play with you and lots of things to inspire you and help you develop. My nerves are more due to the fact I don’t want to let you go.

As of Monday you aren’t just mine little friend anymore – you are officially a preschooler and you’ll be taught things by other people and other people will sit down for lunch with you everyday. It will be someone else who cuddles you when you are hurt, someone else who helps you learn how to do something new and someone else who will tickle your tummy to make you laugh when you are sad.

For 3 years my job has been to love, feed and nurture you so you were ready to make your first steps into independance and this part of my job is now done. I’ve done the best I can and I fully acknowledge I could have been better at it at times but this was a steep learning curve for us both.

It breaks my heart that you are going and I know I’ll be in tears on Monday but I’m so excited for you to take this next step.

While I may be resigning from being a stay at home mum with you I will treasure every single memory of the last three years – even the tantrums and the tough times – and I will always be here for you.

Best wishes

Your Mum

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