So today Sam started school, my eldest, so my first experience of the school transition. If you caught my newsletter on Saturday you’ll know that I’ve been firmly in denial about the whole thing!

Last night it hit me and I’ve been feeling all sorts of emotions. No one told me how emotional the first day of school was! And it has been emotional.

He’s been fine on the whole, a few tears this morning and a bit of a tummy ache.  I’m sure he would have picked up on how I was feeling.

We underestimated the impact on Jessica too. As far as we were concerned she was just continuing on at nursery so there were no problems there. But she really missed her big brother this morning and couldn’t understand why he wasn’t in the car with her.

It feels like this transition is harder than previous transitions; going to nursery and back to work. But it’s easy to forget.

So I’m just going to embrace it and everything that comes with it. All the emotions, the crying (me, not Sam!), the new routine, the time I have just with my little girl, the time I have with my boy when I pick him up from school and everything in between.

And I know that in a few weeks it’ll all feel just like normal.

To all you new school Mums whether primary school or senior school, I hope it goes well for you and your family. Don’t underestimate the emotional side and look after yourself. Perhaps do something just for you?

And so the new chapter begins, my first day as a school Mum.

Nicky Duffell
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Nicky Duffell

Nutritional Therapist

‘Look after yourself first and then you’ll have the energy for everything else’

Nicky is a registered nutritional therapist who takes an integrative approach that works on both the body and the mind. She’s passionate about teaching women (and Mums) to look after themselves first, so that they can be there for their children and have the energy for whatever life has in store.

Nicky qualified from The Institute for Optimum Nutrition in 2009 and is registered with The British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT), and the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).

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