Negaunee, Michigan – September 10, 2018 – The first day of school has now come and gone. Parents everywhere are probably thinking like me – YES! The hustle and bustle of the first day is always daunting, no matter your feelings on it, simply because…it’s busy. Like, super busy.
Not just the normal, “EAT YOUR BREAKFAST! GRAB YOUR BACKPACK! OH MY GOD DID YOU EVEN BRUSH YOUR TEETH?” busy.
But it’s all of that in addition to, “DID YOU PACK YOUR LUNCH? MAKE SURE YOU PACK ALL OF YOUR SUPPLIES! ARE THERE ANY MORE PAPERS TO SIGN? DID YOU PUT YOUR GYM SHOES IN THERE? WHO IS YOUR TEACHER, AGAIN?” etc. etc. etc.
My son, Holden, just turned 7. He’s in the first grade this year. My husband Cody and I put him in two years of preschool, and one year of Junior Kindergarten before “regular” Kindergarten. Best decision ever. He’s now really prepared for first grade (we feel, anyway) and ready to take on the challenges he’ll face. Something we have still managed to not master, though, is the “wake up and get ready and get on the bus” part of school.
You’re probably thinking, “get him into a strict routine, make him go to bed early and get up early, make sure he has a nutritious breakfast to start his day, blah, blah, blah.” What if I told you, YES, we already have done all of that. We actually do that every single day. To no avail. He’s still the kid RUNNING to the bus stop, flagging down the bus driver. It’s comical, some days, actually.
He goes to bed at 8:30PM EVERY night. He wakes up at 6:45AM EVERY day. He catches the bus (barely making it) at 8:15AM EVERY day. Serious routine. We stick with it, and don’t deviate.
But, the poor kid is still always rushing to brush his teeth, throwing his clothes on (hopefully they match, but not always), scarfing down some breakfast, and as my husband finishes packing his semi-healthy lunch (he’s a super picky eater) he’s tossing it in his backpack before racing out the door to make sure bus #11 hasn’t cruised down the road past him.
It’s fine. He usually makes it. After four years of being in school already, we’ve all finally just accepted the fact that no matter how hard we try, he’ll be rushing through his morning. Maybe it’s the morning cartoons as he eats? Maybe it’s the act of picking out his clothes? Whatever it is, it just is.
At the end of the day, he hops off that bus at 4:30PM with a huge grin on his face, hands blue and purple with “washable” marker and shoes untied, heavy backpack bouncing with homework as he runs to me. It’s worth it. It really is. So, moms and dads, embrace it. Embrace the late mornings, the quick pick-ups, and the missed buses. Because someday, we’ll look back and miss it. Yea, I know, cliché! But they’ll always be our babies, 7 years old or not.
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