Some parents hear the words “back to school” and start stressing out. The never-ending supply list, the meet and greets, the schedules, drop off and pick up lines…I could go on for hours. Back to school doesn’t have to be the end of fun. It doesn’t have to be a nightmare and whirlwind of emotions.
My one and only baby is starting Kindergarten this year. Yes, she did pre-k last year, but that won’t make the start of this year any easier. I will cry, she will cling, we will both wait with bated breath on dismissal. This year, however, will be a little different for us. Not only will Rae be starting Kindergarten, but I will be too!
I have worked in a private pre-k class for years. I felt that it was time for a change and made that leap of faith. That leap landed me in a Kindergarten classroom at a private school as an aid. Am I excited? Yes. Am I nervous? Oh yeah. But this change is good. A fresh start for both of us is long over due.
What will make this coming year easier for us? Scheduling time blocks and day planners everywhere. (Pretty sure I’m up to 3 day planners now…). Highlighters and sticky notes are also playing a pretty big role. Oh, and the dry erase board on my fridge. And how could I forget planning breakfasts, snacks, and suppers for a week at a time? I’ll admit, I’m the mom that grocery shops weekly because that’s about all I can get in the buggy before my kid goes wild.
Wednesday night is meet and greet. And most likely a Crockpot meal. Thursday is the big day! I am planning a high protein breakfast, a fruit and a cheese stick for snack, and a hearty meal for supper. I’m anticipating meltdowns from Rae being overly tired, a conversation starting with “I had fun today but not really”, and bedtime snuggles. 😊
Rae will have her say in the meal and snack planning. She is starting to show interest in cooking, so hopefully that means she will eat more if she helps. We will see how this goes. Different schools with slightly different schedules is going to take some getting use to, but we got this! (Hopefully…)
How do you view Back to School? Does it make you stress out, or do you look forward to it?