Graduation & Co-Parenting Milestones

Graduation & Co-Parenting Milestones

Two years ago…

He held my hand tightly as we walked into the school. He was very shy.

I don’t want to go in there!” tears formed in his beautiful eyes.

You will be fine, pumpkin. I’ll see you after school, okay?” I kissed his cheeks before the teacher ushered him upstairs to the game room next to his new class. They went inside and closed the door.

He will be fine, Ibu*” smiled one of the two teachers from his class.

I peeked through the small window by the door. My baby was crying alone while holding onto a little train, and my heart sank. Second-guessing my decision to put him in school, I had to force myself to walk out of the school without him.

Last Saturday…

When I walked him into the theater, he dropped my hand quickly as he saw his friends. “See you, Mommy!” he waved before darting inside, behind the stage.

As I got an hour or so to wait before the show started, I sat outside alone with just me and my mind.

I still can’t believe my little boy, my shy little man, is going to graduate Kindergarten.

A lot has happened in the past two years since he first started school. A lot of tears. A lot of uncertainty, a lot of doubts, and a lot of worries on my part.

I worried he wouldn’t be able to read as well as his friends. Turned out the teachers praised him for being one of the advanced readers in his class.

I worried he wouldn’t overcome his shyness, yet he played King in the last school performance and did well.

I am sitting there reflecting on how these past two years have been for my boy and me. It wasn’t just him who grew. I did too. I learned to stop stressing and trust that he would be fine.

A tear and two escaped before I could fish some tissue out of my purse.


My premature baby is graduating kindergarten.

For some people, this may seem too mundane, so ordinary, and nothing to be blown out of proportion, yet for me? It was huge.

Mr. X managed to show up, albeit a bit late. For him, just showing up was monumental because he has managed to miss out on every single school performance since A started school.

Awkward? Yes, you bet, but it wasn’t about me. It wasn’t about him. It was about our son.

So he and I sat there watching almost the end of the play “Peter Pan.” Mr. X saw A as one of the lost boys with his friends.

Before the graduation ceremony started, there was a 30-minute break. Parents got snack boxes. I was unsure what to do because he and I were never in that situation before, so I stood alone by the big window, sipping my water. Mr. X approached me. We casually talked about his work, on the new baby. He even showed me some pictures of the baby, and I genuinely praised how cute he was.

I told him thank you for coming on that special day. It meant the world for the graduating little boy to see his parents there.

If you are divorced, how do you handle stuff like graduations and school events?

*Ibu = Ma’am

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25 thoughts on “Graduation & Co-Parenting Milestones

    • Maureen Post authorReply

      And I’m so glad I brought plenty, Karyn 🙂 Thank you, my friend!

  1. The Dose of Reality Reply

    Oh, he looks BEYOND adorable in that little cap and gown!! It sounds like he is thriving and that it has been a wonderful, big year for both of you!

    • Maureen Post authorReply

      Thank you, really he looks so big on that picture, I was blown away by it but then again I’m biased lol. 🙂

  2. Alison Reply

    Congratulations, Alex! And to you, Maureen. You have both come so far together. Hand in hand, heart in heart.

    I’m glad his Dad took the time to be there too, and that you were civil and polite. You’ve come a long way in so many ways, my friend. So proud of you.

    • Maureen Post authorReply

      Thank you Alison, it’s been quite a journey…one that I now can safely said I would never change for anything because it brought me here to where I am today.

  3. shaula Reply

    Ahh, I love this. Congrats Mama, you’ve done an amazing job. I can relate – I shed a tear today while talking about how far my once-shy boy has come in the last year. Such an incredible journey we’re all on…We’re away for the summer, but let’s plan that playdate meet up when we get back!

    • Maureen Post authorReply

      Thank you so much, Shaula!
      Amazing isn’t to see our children blossoming into more confident little persons as they grow. It really is incredible.
      Can’t wait to see you soon, Shaula. Enjoy your summer vacation 🙂

  4. Andrea Reply

    No matter how old they are, or how brave we try to be, those tears will slip, and it’s okay – it’s our love spilling over!

    Graduation is an accomplishment for both child and parent. Congratulations to you both, and for your grace and calm under pressure with Mr. X.

    • Maureen Post authorReply

      Oh Andrea, I so love that! “Our love spilling over!” So beautiful and oh so true.
      Thank you, sweet lady!

  5. Mariann Reply

    I’m glad that you and Mr. X got the opportunity to experience such a wonderful occasion. The memories that your little one will get to carry with him throughout his life is so worth it.
    I’m a single mother (in every sense of the word) and the only memories that my children will capture are the ones that contain only me. I’m so happy for you and your son!

    • Maureen Post authorReply

      Thank you Mariann. I am sure seeing his father and mother there all smiling would means the world to my son and hopefully he would remember that. Your children is so blessed with such a strong and wonderful mother. Hugs!

  6. Ilene Reply

    Just from reading one post of yours, I can’t believe how much we have in common. My boy too was a preemie and behind in reading. He just graduated from basic skills, which is t he special help program we have in our town – because in a year (he is in first grade) he advanced to grade level reading. I am also a single mom and I invite my ex to everything too. It’s about the kids, first and always, like you said.

    • Maureen Post authorReply

      Oh Ilene wow that’s a lot in common for sure! Can’t believe I just found your blog.
      Always about the kids isn’t? I just wish sometimes all adults can well be adults and understand that. Thank you Ilene and it’s so wonderful to connect with you 🙂

    • Maureen Post authorReply

      Thank you so much Katy, really appreciate your kind words 🙂

  7. Kimberly Reply

    This is anything but mundane my dear. This is a huge huge milestone and you have every right to be boasting about how wonderful and determined and strong your boy is.
    I’m glad that Mr.X showed up for him. I bet that your son felt so important and loved in those moments. That’s what it’s all about. Being a part of a family…even if it’s “different”.

    • Maureen Post authorReply

      That’s what I’m trying to get him to understand that it is OK to be different, that doesn’t make us any less than his friends and their families.
      Thank you for your encouraging words, girl. Really, means a lot!

  8. Leah Davidson Reply

    It is always awkward when the ex is around, but the best gift we can give to our children is to be civil and kind and focus on THEM. Good for you for doing that. It is so hard:(

    • Maureen Post authorReply

      It is quite awkward especially because I haven’t meet him in months because we’ve just been communicating via texts and it was his driver who came to pick up the boy. It is hard but doable. Thank you for your kind words 🙂

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