Brooke Burke-Charvet: Kindergarten Goodbyes

Dropping your child off at school for the first day at Kindergarten is an emotional day for a parent – even for the former model Brooke Burke Charvet, 41.

The Dancing With The Stars co-host – who is mom to daughters Neriah, Sierra, Rain and son Shayablogged about her recent experience taking her youngest daughter to school.

On preparing Rain for her first day at school: “She has been attending carpool, flag line and classroom parties with her two older sisters since she was born. Of all my children, I thought she would have the easiest transition because she is so familiar with the school, faculty, staff and many of the students. But to my surprise, she had a very difficult time separating.”

On Rain sharing her feelings with her papa David Charvet: She said, “Daddy, I’ve never taken one step without my mommy.” That both warmed and broke my heart. As busy as I am working, I really, really appreciated the fact that in her mind I have been there for her through everything.”

On Rain preferring to be dropped off at the curb rather than having to say goodbye: “I shocked that a five-year-old could process and understand how difficult the actual visual and action of saying goodbye is, but also that she was able to recognize that struggle and then fix it by thinking it would just be easier if I dropped her off by the curbside. Knowing how to avoid painful moments to feel better seemed like a reaction way beyond her years.”

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  1. With a name like Rain, imagine all the teasing from other kids as she grows up. I can hear it now, “rain, rain go away….” Celebrities don’t seem to fathom the immense burden a “silly” name is during those tender years where bullies and such are mean and hurtful.

  2. As a teacher I can tell you that ‘Rain’ isn’t that unusual and to be honest there are so many ‘unusual’ names around these days that there’s hardly any bullying to do with names.

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