Back to School: A Mom’s Perspective

Well…the kids are back at school…
The house is quiet again, so on goes the music! Yes, I listen to music all day long. What I listen to depends on my mood. Sometimes it is the same few songs on a loop and other times, I select a huge playlist and am surprised all day long with new songs.

Music is a part of me; it is in my soul. I will admit that when the kids are home all summer, this Mama doesn’t get her fill of music and it is hard for me as it is like my therapy!

I digress….

Back to school….

This weekend was filled with mixed emotions. The kids were excited, happy, angry, stressed, worried, eager and more! We kept them busy, but also tried to give them some downtime to enjoy the outdoors at their leisure without ‘rules’. We kept them fairly active and despite the fact that my son wanted to nap yesterday afternoon, we wouldn’t let him because we knew if we did, he would struggle getting to sleep. Instead, both kids were fast asleep before 8:30 – SCORE!

The kids requested that I drive them to school this morning. One of the benefits of working at home (and for myself) is that I can take the time to do that for them. Both kids were excited and nervous and it is so difficult to watch them as their mixed emotions ran through them.

I was fine until I watched my son stand nervously in line with all of the grade two children. The look on his face was calling to me. I desperately wanted to run over to him and hug him. I wanted to do something for him, anything, but I knew that the best thing I could do as his Mom was to stand where I was and be there for him from afar. It took all of my power to hold myself back, but I did it and it felt good. It felt right.

My children don’t deal with change easily, so while we are getting back into routine which is good, there is a transition period in which they both struggle. Because of this, emotions and behaviours are not always in an ideal state and they occasionally need reminders to not take out their struggles on each other.

I saw this posted on Green Mommy’s Facebook Page and it spoke to me, so I decided to make my own to print off and post in our kitchen (the center of our home where everyone will see it).
Before You Speak THINK Printable

Click here to gain access to the printable size of this image for your home
(along with other FREE PRINTABLES!)

Here’s to hoping that this sign will help us all to think before we speak! Sometimes a visual reminder is a great help.

Off to get some work done and go chat in my Parent Support Group on Facebook (feel free to join us, we would love to have you!).

Wishing you a smooth transition into the school year!
What grade are your children in this year?

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