Bye Bye MDO, Hello Big School


My youngest son is in his third and final year at MDO. He has had a great experience there. It was a life saver when both of my kids started. I am grateful to our neighbor for referring us there. However, I am counting down the days until big school! Am I a little sad about my last baby starting legit full time school? That is a hard no. I have to say there is no nostalgia, just excitement.

This year has been HARD. Kudos to the moms who have kids in different schools long term. It has been a struggle keeping up with two very different school schedules. Not to mention the small panic attack that I have when holidays approach. Luckily we only had one instance where holiday celebrations overlapped. I missed the MDO party because it was very low key compared to the big school feast, and I will probably never forgive myself.

Conflicts aside, the hours are starting to get difficult. Three hours a day is not cutting it for my son or me, and the cost of after care really adds up. We are well past going to school for socialization. My son is mature for his age, and he is so ready for a full school day. He will tell you that he just wants to go to school with his brother. I know he is ready for the next step. I don’t think he truly understands what PreK is going to be like, but I know he is going to love it. He is ready to take the leap.

Am I going to cry the last day of MDO? No, probably not. I will be too busy laughing and enjoying my son hamming it up with his class performance. It is possible that I will tear up taking his first day of school pictures in his uniform. In my heart, I know this is going to be amazing for him. I cannot wait for him to thrive from the experiences that await him next school year.

Amanda Blaum
Amanda is a ride or die Metairie resident. Proud MCA and LSU alum, she moved right back home after college where she met and fell in love with her husband Jason. She left career life behind her to raise her two sweet and energetic sons, Benjamin and Zachary. She is passionate about her family and friends (old and new). When she's not volunteering at school or cheering on her kids at the ballpark, you can find her working out, shopping, or watching Bravo.



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