It that time again. It comes once a year. It’s when all the stay home parents say “AMEN” they get some peace and quiet again and it’s that time when all the working parents say “AMEN” because they no longer have to pay a fortune on all day child care. If you don’t what I’m talking about you must not have kids. If you have kids you know exactly what time it is…BACK TO SCHOOL!!!!!!!
Going back to school is a wonderful day. I am a stay home mom so this girl will be walking down the hall at 7:45am with a HUGE smile on my face doing the happy dance. But it takes a lot of preparation for this day tho.
For the last 2 weeks we have been going to bed early and getting up early. I have a daughter that moves at the speed of molasses so mornings are stressful as we try to keep her focused and on track. This is why we have been practicing for the last 2 weeks. My goal is that I don’t end up screaming something like “put your doll down! If I have to tell you to brush your teeth one more time I will just drag you to school with yucky teeth and morning breath and all the kids will call you the smelly kid and you don’t want to be the smelly kid!” (I am happy to report that no screaming, either from her or me, occurred!)
This day means literally seeing your kids get a year older. This day means they go off on their own. This day means they make their own choices. Will they be good choices? Will they be the choices you would make for them? This day means, as parents, we let our grip on them loosen up a little bit more. This day means they gain a little more independence.
The first day of school is wrapped up with all kinds of emotions for the kids as well as us the parents. I am the mom that walks her child to class. But I don’t just say bye at the door. No sir! I walk right in the classroom and kiss her goodbye in front of all her classmates. I want the kids in her class to know me. I want the kids to feel comfortable around me, but I also want them to know I if they mess with her, they have to see my face the next morning.
I am entrusting her to the teacher. Teachers…BLESS THEM! They have to put up with our crazy kids. They have to wipe tears and settle disputes. They have to teach the same thing to kids who learn differently. They have to be stern and patient at the same time. They have to be leaders and encouragers and stand in the gap for kids who’s parents aren’t pulling their weight.
This is my prayer for my daughter:
Lord, watch over Danica. Let her day be filled with wonder and new things. Help her make friends and get along with others. Let her not compromise herself to fit in. Help her to remember what is right and wrong and to choose right. Give her strength to defend herself and others against bullies. When the test is hard, let her remember she is smart. When girls are mean, let her remember she is loved. When boys are smooth, let her remember they are dumb. When she’s overwhelmed, let her remember your peace. Please help her to remember she is not alone and You are with her when momma and papa are not. Keep her safe and let her get really smart so when we’re old; she can afford to put us in a luxury nursing home.
Congratulations to everyone who survived the summer!!! Happy first day of school!
Thanks for allowing me to share my world with you…welcome to my brain.