I have been thinking a lot lately about how my daughter isn’t really mine anymore. Sure she used to go to daycare and spent a good portion of her day with her providers but it was still within a confined little world. School however is so much different. There are people who know her and that she knows that I don’t. This is a struggle. My five year old bundle of energy, creativity, and goofiness is her own person and a part of this world separate from me. Other people meet her and form opinions of her without my influence or awareness. I can only hope that I am teaching her to be kind, thoughtful, and a good friend.