And please, they are fashionistas! They love to dress themselves!
I assume everyone is adjusting nicely to the new first time chapters in your life. My chapter is going through a slump now. My body is dragging.
Probably was that combination pizza I had for lunch and the Key Lime Pie I had for supper. I know, not a good idea, but it was good!
Thanks Lynne! I agree, it was yummy! I probably should go eat my meal now. 🙂
I found out today that my grandson is not going to cry on his first day of his second year of school! You, go Coop!
For those of you who are going through this chapter in your life, whether you are mother, a grandmother, or a relative of a small child starting school the first time, it can get hectic.
Here are ten of the things I have learned in my big fat funny story!
- It’s harder on the moms and grandmas than the child, usually whether the first time or the second year!
- We have to learn to let go, and let them soar with the eagles, or at least with the kids in the classroom!
- Note to self: Refrigerator magnets.Their artwork needs displayed proudly.
- Don’t do it for them, do it with them. Teach them.
- Treasure the days amidst all the chaos!
- Encourage your child to do his/her possible best. One day we could be looking at the next minister of God, Mozart, Erma Bombeck, a famous singer, or even the president!
- When your five-year old draws a picture of you, then jerks it back because it isn’t quite finished, don’t get mad! Smile brightly when she tells you she forgot to draw those squiggly lines on you that make you look old and tell her how pretty it is!
- Don’t get frustrated when your child forgets his backpack, his lunch, or whatever! It’s all a learning process, and it takes time.
- Hey, Mom, tomorrow is my day to bring snacks! (For when the times comes, and assuredly it will,) keep a box of snacks hidden for reserve!
- Get a big calendar with lots of space to write. You are going to need it!
This chapter is a great blessing in your life, watching your children become who they will be. Be encouraging and make it fun for them to learn! Don’t let it become a drudgery in your life, because you have too many other important things to do!
It’s your life, live it as calmly as you can! You are raising someone special… your child and a child of God’s.
I found through my life, when a child sees their painting or drawing on the fridge, they will draw you another. Soon you will need a file folder or big zip lock bag to store your prized collection. (One day it will be theirs and it is important to them!)
Helping them through the hard times, rejoicing in the good days, praising their earnest achievements they accomplish, these are all the pages in your own personal book. It’s who you are, and who you will help your child to become.
As for the squiggly lines, well she did draw me!
Mark my words, one night, while tucking your child in bed you will hear, “Oh, Mom, I forgot. I have to bring snacks tomorrow!” (Calendar) Be prepared, always have something suitable on hand that you can pop in your child’s backpack for snack day or some cash hidden for the school book fair!
Get a big calendar, and put it in a place where you will see it. It’s a great way to stay on schedule, teach your child the days and numbers, and keep you sane! For your older children have them write their projects on the calendar’s date. Make it a daily habit to discuss what is in that backpack, record important dates on the calendar, and plan with your children.
Don’t do this for them, do it with them. Makes for some quality time while teaching children very important organizational skills! It also will make your life easier!
Being organized is the best thing you can do for yourself and your family. Then on those days that you really need chocolate, it isn’t because you’re stressed out over not being at your child’s program!
Get involved with your child’s school. Volunteer! For volunteer programs, check out volunteerspot.com! I love it for organizing committees. And it’s free!
There is a premium package that does even tshirt sales. For classrooms, the free one is excellent! Even if you don’t use it, you might share this page with someone who could!
Enjoy this chapter of your life, take it slow and easy. Cherish the moments and treasure your family! Teach them well!
And if you want to talk organizing, well, throw out the comments, tips, and hints! We all might learn a thing or two to help in our own lives first times, but do it here and not Facebook, please!