He, he, this cracks me up.. I’m humbled all the time being a mom, but never more then when my kids ask me questions that I cannot answer. Have you been there? I’m sure you have. Vivien is now a 5th grader, but I know I’m not smarter than a 5th grader, I was falling behind years ago. Combined with my spotty, progressive ’70’s education it’s a wonder I’m walking upright.
The last couple of days I’ve been running into parents from our school and the chatter is something like this:
“Did you have a good summer?”
“Yes, but I am so ready for them to go back!!”
I had just started to sort of feel like that as I grabbed Rex by the top of his hair so he wouldn’t hit me or Vivien. But, now that they ARE BACK in school I have to get use to it.
I came home and spent hours trying to get a relative enrolled in Medicare part D. Woo-hoo. Just like having an affair with a yoga instructor.
Finding my back to school life reminded me of a video I once did… ( cue back in time music)
Of course I’m going to post a picture of my kids going back to school.
Rex 1st grade!
Vivien 5th grade.. hate how that is the last year of elementary school now.
I’m glad I will able to work uninterrupted and go to a couple of yoga classes, but the return of frantic time is not great. I like sleeping in till 8am with Rex snuggling next to me. Not the frantic dash and the battle over lunch.
“I’m making you the ham sandwich you liked last week.”
“I don’t want it”
“I can make you the pasta you liked?”
” I don’t want that”
“Then you are having hot lunch”
“what is it?”
” I don’t want it.”
I have warned them this year, tough, if you don’t like the first choice I give you eat hot lunch and deal with it. I like the lunch fine. Way better than when I was in school pealing back the foil top, steamy something up my nose.
So yeah, I love seeing everyone’s kids in their back to school best and seeing how much bigger they are. But, parent’s need their own back to school pic.
“We are going to be late, hurry up, I don’t want to get a tardy, Cody got out. Rex, find your shoes! Vivien you are lollygagging.”
What would yours look like??
People seek help when they go through a divorce, a death, period of depression. But, where is the help for back to school? It might look like this…
The first day went great. She loves her teacher. It was nice to see some parent friends, but I couldn’t settle. One single mom friend asked “will you be my wing man to find me a husband?” Normally, I’d be all over that strategy, but I was looking for new cubbies. “I’m focused on back to school.” In my head I sounded like Arnold in the Terminator “where is Sarah Connor?” Then also conincides with the total absences of Dolly. Dolly is our main baby sitter and does a total wash/scrub/clean of my house every week. She is with me some nights, but because my husband is gone- always– and I can’t be left alone with these kids. Although I do love going to Campanile for some wine and food and talking to adults. ANYONE who walks by. I wanted to be a mom, not a prisoner. She is gone for a few weeks on a trip. I have no glass to break in case of emergency.
Oliver has JUST left for college and I find I’m quite sad at his absence. A little flavor of empty nester while I still have a little kid who vomits in my face. With second grade comes almost nightly homework. …ugh, that’s another post.
How is the school season for you? How long till you get in your groove? Does it ever kick in? And would you have washed the dress?
Back to school time! Gotta get the school mojo back now!
I really try to keep Vivien’s sharp brain sharp over the summer. Sure she gets to watch more cartoons, but I always have a workbook that we do a bit of math and spelling and such throughout the hot summer. There is so much data about how kids forget over the summer and it takes teachers 6 weeks of instruction to get the kiddos back on track.
Since I am raising a 21st century kid I’m on her. As she enters 2nd grade I know the homework is going to be more and she will probably need to bone up on some handwriting. Though I plan for her to be a rocket scientist she is still a little girl and bright shiny objects are a great carrot to get her to work. So, when Papermate asked me to partner with them in a video I said, Oh, yeah, let’s write it up.