It’s September already! Back-to-school and into a regular routine once again. This summer is ending and I am facing a bittersweet beginning. My son, Cole, is getting on a bus this year bound for Pre-K. He will then continue on to an afternoon program as well, which means not too much time at home with his mom. My husband and I believe this to be the healthiest choice for him based on his academic and social needs but I must admit I am feeling a little sad about the whole thing!
He is our first child and so clearly, facing these things in the parental role is all new to us. I thought it would be nice to drive him myself on his first day but he will have no part of that. The bus ride alone is exciting stuff and he is “a big boy, mommy!” Thankfully a friend offered me the suggestion to just meet him at the school instead. I guess I can live with that.
It’s been said once or twice that kids grow up so fast and I have regularly brushed it off not fully comprehending exactly how fast that actually is. I now find myself in the throws of feeling a bit melancholy over it and want to dig my heels in just to slow time down a bit. All this said I am very excited to watch Cole grow and thrive as a result of taking these next steps forward. He is enthusiastically waiting for the moment he can throw on that backpack and spread his wings.
Although many of you might be in a more celebratory mood than I am that school has started again, I know that you can relate as you have walked this road before. One thing that we do have in common this year is the preparation that comes with a new year. School supplies, new clothes and shoes, a backpack and adjusting to earlier bedtimes and more rigid routines. It can overwhelm the most seasoned parent. This issue of PG offers articles covering pretty much all aspects of the back-to-school grind.
If you are searching for answers about how to accomplish any of these tasks, are feeling a touch of the blues like me or maybe even are harboring a smidge of guilt over your udder joy then make sure you take the time to read through each of these articles this month. You will be happy you did and I guarantee you find some useful information no matter if your child is entering their senior year or just starting out like mine!
Have a great year!