Joseph, 

I’m late with ths letter. I’m sorry about that but at this point in your young life, you are probably used to that. You are the second child and I admit that parenting two children during a global pandemic has really taken a lot out of me over this last year. But, I couldn’t let you start kindergarten without giving you some advice and my hopes for you as you start on this new journey of your life. 

Child on his first day of kindergarten

When you are old enough to read this, you’ll probably have heard mom and dad talk about how we weren’t even sure if you were ready for kindergarten. You had a lot going against you during the first 5 years of your life. We also admit that it is sometimes hard to not compare you to William, and when we do we immediately remind ourselves that you are starting kindergarten almost one year sooner than William had.

I don’t think I have to tell you this, but I’m going to tell you this anyway, don’t be afraid of the big change that you are about to have. This next year is going to be filled with physical and emotional growth, new friends, and a whole set of new emotions as you start to prepare yourself for the next 12 years of school. 

This year, I hope that you take on every challenge that your teacher sends to you. I hope that you take it on and not just learn from it but give it your best. It’s something that I tell your brother too. I don’t want you to be afraid of anything. I want you to be confident in who you are and your abilities. Even if you feel that you can’t do something, give it everything you have. 

Brothers hugging on their first day of kindergarten

As you tackle kindergarten, I also hope that you start to discover who you are as a person. I know you won’t know who are you for several years but these are those formative years that will help define who you will be in the future.

No matter what happens this year, I’m proud of you. With everything that has been going against you over these last 4 years, you never gave up. You are the exact little boy that I hoped you would be the day that you were born. As your dad, I will continue to be right there behind you as you take on every new challenge in your life.

Love,

Dad 

A Letter To My Son On His First Day of Kindergarten

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