"When you are a man, sometimes you wear stretchy pants in your room.... It's for fun...."
So the date is set. On Sept. 2nd The Phi will be starting pre-school. I can't even begin to tell you how freaked out I am about this. But what it worrying me the most right now is not making friends, or her adjusting to the new schedule, or if she will cry on the first day. What worries me most is the whole bathroom situation. See The Phi is technically potty trained but she is not really comfortable with the whole completely on her own thing. Things like wiping and flushing and pulling up her pants are still a bit tough. And this is totally PR Dad and Mine's fault. We are what some may refer to as "helicopter" type of parents. You know constantly hovering. So we have always done these little tasks for her because it was easier and less time consuming. The times we try to get her to work things out on her own it usually ends with The Phi walking out of the bathroom calling for one of us with her pants around her ankles. Well when we met with the pre-school teacher she very quickly informed us that she "does not wipe" . So of course we have been having her practice and it has been going okay, but now my biggest fear about her going to school is her not being able to pull her pants up and walking out into the classroom with her pants around her ankles and all the kids pointing and laughing at her and The Phi freaking out and crying and never wanting to go back to school. All because she couldn't pull her pants back up. This, really, this is now my biggest fear. Ahh you have to love parenting. Anyways I found a way to ease my fear. I stocked up on stretchy pants for The Phi. Because we all know that stretchy pants are much easier to pull up than jeans. As I was looking over the stretchy pants color selection at Target I remember that as a kid I too wore many many stretchy pants. Maybe Mom was afraid that I would walk out with my pants around my ankles too! And maybe a lot of parents have this fear and that's why the stretchy pants industry will never die. Viva Las Stretchy Pants! VIVA!