Back to School

It is the time of year most parents look forward to.  Those three precious words “back to school”.  I admit, I am one of those parents.  By the time summer is half over I can’t wait for school to start!  The kids have been fighting non-stop, eating non-stop and whining and complaining about how bored they are.  I think I have had enough!  Then I start thinking about what it really will be like when they are in school.

This year, I will not have one in school, but two. My daughter Lexi is going into 3rd grade.  She knows what to expect and loves school.  She is so outgoing and is ready for anything!  It wasn’t always easy for her.  We had an adjustment period when she started Kindergarten.  She started school when she was 4, almost 5.  She was definitely ready for school intellectually, but not as prepared socially.  It didn’t take long for her to get in the groove.  She goes with the flow and is our worry free kid!

My son Chris is going into Kindergarten.  He is going to be the hard one. He is so shy and introverted.  There is nothing wrong with that. I was the same way. The difficult part is knowing how to handle his personality. I am working on it and learning what he needs.  You would think I would already know what to do, right?  Wrong!  As you grow up, you learn how to deal with the world and forget how hard it was for you.  I have forgotten and am having to learn again.

My husband does not have the patience for Chris sometimes, so it falls to me.  I am dreading the mornings when school starts, trying to get him ready on time and the melt downs I am sure are to come.  I have tried my hardest this summer to prepare him for school.  I know he is nervous and a little scared.  That is to be expected.  It still doesn’t make it any easier.  I expect to have a few hard weeks, but I pray he adjusts quickly.  I already have this image in my head of terrible mornings running around and him retreating into his shell because he doesn’t have the right socks or underwear on.  He is very picky about his socks and underwear!  I am thankful that they have to wear uniforms at their school.  Otherwise, that would be something else to worry about!  I am also dreading after school.  Particularly the homework part.  I know he won’t have very much homework in Kindergarten, thankfully, but he will have some.  And then there is the being tired and cranky part after being at school all day.

I have also realized that with Lexi and Chris at school, I will be the one entertaining Danny all day! I was getting so excited for school to start and Danny and I having our time together. Then the two of us were left alone the other day and all he did was whine for someone to play with him. I didn’t realize how big of a help the older kids were until they weren’t here :).  I had this idea in my head of what our days were going to be like, but I will have to make some adjustments!  That is ok.  This time is all about enjoying our kids anyway.  Who cares if the house is messy and there are no clean clothes to wear.  We will survive and be better for it!

So, with school starting in 2 weeks, I am having mixed feelings about it. What about you???

I would love to hear from you!

Best,

Kristen

Chris, Danny and Lexi

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