It’s been a bit melancholy lately, reading and hearing the stories of my friend’s kids going back to school. Be it first grade, leaving home for college or just simply going back to a new school year, its obvious some mothers revel in this moment realizing they will get some much needed time to themselves back, while others are down right saddened by the fact their babies aren’t home everyday. (By babies, I do mean children of any age.)
I can’t help but wonder about that day when I will watch my boys get on a bus for the first time, pick out their clothes for the first day, or bring home their first report cards. Things have changed drastically since I was school. I pray I will be a good parent.
One of my dearest girlfriends has repeatedly told me the story of how her (only child) 5 year old daughter now stands in the lunch line at school. She’s obviously very proud of the fact that her baby girl is actually following instructions and being so mature in that line of other preschoolers. I guess it is a really big deal. A clear turning point from baby to child.
It’s been interesting watching all of the different ages of my friend’s children. But from parents of newborns to new grandparents, the one common thread remains in all of us — both excitement and sadness of watching our children take on something new. Exciting because we are very proud parents of that little human we helped create. Sadness because it’s one of those moments in life we realize a chapter in life is closing.
It’s simply amazing the pressure from schools these days. The pressure is huge for both children and parents. It’s always more work than expected. No telling what it will be like when our boys graduate in 2029. (I know… wow!)
Our pediatrician, Dr. Jennifer Shu from Children’s Medical Group, says it’s important to hep our back to schoolers as much as possible, “Allow plenty of time in the morning to get ready, and do things the night before such as lay out clothes, pack lunches, put books into backpacks, etc.”
Good luck to all the kids this school year!