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Lynda Loveland: Kindergarten metamorphosis

Posted February 6, 2013

Lynda Loveland

Kindergarten changes a kid. I just didn’t realize how much until my third child.

Obviously, they’re learning a ton of stuff. That’s a given. But I didn’t realize how much it would change my daughter’s style. Not that a five-year-old has “style," but she’s different than when she started.

In day care, she dressed like she was going to a royal ball every single day! It’s like those “what’s hot" and "what’s not” lists.

Hot                                                                             Not
Sassy skirts and tops                                                 Formal princess style dresses
Carly Rae Jepsen                                                       Chipmunks
A.N.T. Farm                                                                 Dora
White Cheddar Cheez-its                                           Goldfish
Sleep overs                                                                Playdates
iPod                                                                            Nintendo DS
Laces                                                                          Velcro
Plain bed                                                                     Princess carriage bed
Spelling words                                                           The alphabet song

There is one thing that hasn’t changed … she still sucks her thumb. Thank goodness there’s a part of my sweet baby left.

Lynda is the mom of three and co-host of Mix 101.5 WRAL-FM's Bill & Lynda in the Morning. Find her here on Thursdays. Click here to see her on Facebook.

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  • LRB Feb 13, 1:38 p.m.

    My daughter started kindergarten this year too. Last week when I was laying out her clothes she said "I wear the same things all the time. I want to wear something no one has seen yet". I was definitely caught off guard by that.

  • thinkb4speak Feb 7, 2:41 p.m.

    I am at the opposite end of the spectrum. My oldest is 17 and a Junior in High School. She isn't changing as much now, but her world is unfolding in front of her as she prepares for college and the rest of her life. She is a young woman with a bright future and it is wonderful to see her getting ready to fly from the nest. It is that same sentimental feeling that you had as the parent of a Kindergardner. Enjoy the ride! There are lots of twists, turns and loop-de-loops, but it is worth it when you see them ready to fly!

  • lec02572 Feb 7, 1:51 p.m.

    bhenderson, I love that story about your sons. My daughter is a kindergarten teacher and she loves each and everyone of "her children" as she calls them. I love to hear her talk about her children and how much they change, grow, and learn from the beginning of the year to the end. At the end of the year she really hates for her children to move on since they have grown so much during the year, but then there is always a new crop of "her children."

  • bhenderson Feb 7, 12:13 p.m.

    Woo Hoo! Mine are also out of college and making their own money. Thank goodness. I remember when they (2 little boys)were little and had to use the bathroom, they would tell me if it was #1 or #2 so I would know if I was needed or not. Well, this became such a habit, that when they no longer needed me for trips to the bathroom, they continued to announce it. When my oldest started kindergarten, he came home on the second day and announced "when you are in big school and you have to go to the bathroom, you don't say what number it is, you just go". I thought this was so cute. These teacher's have to put up with a lot. I would love to hear some of the stories they have to tell.

  • jonnraleigh Feb 7, 11:52 a.m.

    Woo Hoo! Mine are out of college and making their own money.

  • jwstevens04 Feb 7, 9:39 a.m.

    My daughter started kindergarten this fall as well, and she is changing so much every day...it's a good thing to see them grow up and be healthy, but every step is a bit of heartbreak...because they are gaining independence....

  • 3boysandme Feb 7, 8:38 a.m.

    That made me sad. My youngest starts kindergarten in the fall.