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What I learned from dad - back to school dress rehearsal

With summer winding down and the start of the school year just around the corner, it's time to start planning for that first day back to school...(unless you are like us and have already started back in the first or second week of August-more to come on our very special week).  I was talking to my father way back in May, discussing my daughters first day of school, which for us this year is kindergarten.  He had a great idea (didn't think so at first, but this one grew on me).   Have a back to school dress rehearsal.  Yes, dress rehearsal.  Wake them up as early as you would normally have to wake them up for school. As dreaded as that sounds in the middle or end of your summer, this idea can really pay-off.  The more I thought about it, the more I realized what a good idea this one could be for your kid and you.  Especially, if they are not a morning riser or not looking forward to that first day of school ever, first day of kindergarten or first day back to school in general.  This is a great way to get your child acclimated to the early routine of school and for you to have the chance to works out the kinks yourself (ie. - outfits picked out, snacks/lunches packed, and don't forget that positive attitude and smile).  Of course, you don't actually go to school, but after your dressed, eaten breakfast and ready, you can do something fun!  Like go to the park get some fresh air and exercise for both of you. 
When my dad and I discussed this idea of his back in May, I, at first was like....OK Dad, like I am really going to wake her up early just because....I thought, just nod smile and tell him good idea....while I was really thinking...summer is too short and goes by way too fast as it is to get her up one day early.  I do cherish my quiet mornings before anyone else is up.  The more I thought about it though, the more I thought, this is a really good idea!  So in my head I planned our very important "mock" first day of school, it would be the week before school starts on Tuesday.  We had no plans or activities scheduled.  We were going to get up, pack breakfast instead of lunch and head to the park as if a school day.  Even though temps would be a high of 102 that day, at 8 AM,  it would only be in the high 80s and we would be ok for at least 45 minutes out there.  My daughter and I discussed the "dress rehearsal"  she was excited and so was I the more we planned and talked about it.   
Unfortunately, the Monday before our big day, she got sick!  She didn't sleep well all night the night before and finally went back to bed at 4 in the morning.   There was no way I would wake her up, she needed rest to get better for real school the next week. She wound up being sick all the way up to her real first day of school. 
Sometimes our good intentions, ideas or plans just don't work out the way we would like them to...in this case they didn't.  However, I did want to share this idea because it is a good one.  Even though your parents are different than you with their ideas or parenting styles, they have good ideas too.  Sometimes you may just want to nod and smile, roll your eyes or just agree because you know it makes them happy.  Either way take a chance and listen to the advice they offer, after all they did raise you.  All of my best, Dyan

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