Well I was one of the 'wayhey' school of mums and fortunately dd loved it from day 1. But I had good advice from here about not trying to do too much after school for the first couple of weeks. They get tres tired, what with information overload and for the first week at least, lying on the sofa watching tv is as much as they can manage after school.
Also the first day that they had school dinners, their teacher told them that it was just like going to a party which dd was very happy about.
well I expected to be really upset and tearful but wasn't wasn't exactly skipping out the school gates, mind, but it wasn;t as bad as I expected, mainly because he was so well prepared for it by the school nursery
DD1 started school, and I was all 'wow, proud mum'.....lots of grins and made friends on our first day!
DD2 started school.....she was the original velcro baby, and she sobbed and clung while I tried to prise myself off and run.
DD3 started, and she was very shy, I was a pro<<preen>>....
DS1 started, my boy, he had just had his tonsils out 2wks before and boy did I cry.....<<sob>>
DS2 started, and I was prepared (we had had many tears from nursery, and he was the second biggest velcro baby in the world). I made sure I had money and I planned to go to my fave place in all the world, the local bookstore, and buy a new book and sit and have coffee....all alone and in peace.
and so I did
so, my tip......make a plan to do something you love to do the most without the kiddies, and go and enjoy.
My tip would be to be organised the night before. (Uniform laid out ready, shoes cleaned and by the door, bag packed with everything needed, early bed so child is up early and able to eat a good unhurried breakfast etc etc)
Happy relaxed parent makes a happy relaxed child. Has only taken me 4 years of school runs to work that one out....