Throw back Thursday...as I recover from a crazy summer and catch up on life, please enjoy this post from when my daughter was in kindergarten. All of my best! Dyan
Today is the first day I set my snooze since my daughter has started back to school, I am typically not a snooze type of person, once my alarm goes off, I am up and out of bed. But today, I was tired, most days I am, but can shake off the sleep and get my day started no matter how exhausted I may be. When my alarm went off again, I realized that I had set the snooze, no worries, it was only 10 minutes. I could still get her out the door on time.
As I started my morning rituals and routine of breakfast, packing her lunch and getting breakfast for my two shih tzus ready, I realized that this was the first few weeks of many weeks to come. Then I realized that it wasn't only the next year of weeks ahead, it was...(I actually had to count it out on my fingers to realize the years ahead)...13 years, yes 13 years ahead of getting ready for school! Now to you or others, this might not come as a surprise, shock or you might not have any other emotion about it. But, for some reason today, it struck me as a surprise and a "kid commitment" I had never thought about before. Yes, 13 years of school. Then, of course, getting ready for that first freshman year. (Being an older mom I have many friends with kids that are already on their way to college either this year or the past couple of years. I can't really go there yet as I am just trying to acclimate to going to kindergarten)!
Wow, yes indeed a commitment. Everyday, Monday through Friday, not including weekends, holidays or summer break, my mornings will be committed to getting my daughter up, dressed, teeth brushed, well feed, a good lunch, homework, what ever else is entailed in her day, week or month and most importantly getting her there on time.
School is obviously a major part of your childs life as it is your life. One I hadn't really thought of past the first day of kindergarten. I guess, I am lucky to say that she has not had to go to daycare everyday. I choose not to send her to pre-school everyday, only 3 days a week, so school was there, just not everyday.
I am finding that the everyday deal does make a difference. Monday through Friday everyday, yes, everyday. It's part of life, yours and your kids. Not much to do but embrace it and make it the best for yourself and your child.
There are many benefits to being an older mom...in this case, as an older mom, you have had many many years of no school. I haven't attended college since 1989! So, I guess, I am back to school too.
My life has changed in so many ways since having my daughter. This one has never occurred to me until today. It is obviously a good thing for her, for me and for every kid. Yes, I will embrace the change, I accept the challenge, I will not complain. Education is one of the best parts of being a kid. I have many memories flooding back to me as my daughter has started school. I personally, always enjoyed school. Although, I was more into the social aspect and not so much education. If I had to do it over again, it would be more of a split.
What I will do is teach my daughter to embrace school, to make the most of each day, to learn what she can, to have fun, make friends and make everyday count!
So, tomorrow, the day after and for the next 13 years. I will do just that!
Make each day count, teach your child to enjoy school, be active in her learning, form a partnership with their teachers, volunteer and embrace this new stage or this current stage of your childs life. Making a difference starts at home with you. All of my best, Dyan