I have been so enjoying all the back to school photos that other moms have been posting on Facebook this last week.
Whether you are relieved to see the routine of a new school year again or you may be feeling a little emotional as your child starts kindergarten or high school – it is an important day for all of us moms, no matter what kind of schooling you have chosen for your children.
My oldest two boys are entering 3rd and 6th grade this year, even though they don’t have big transitions this year I find I get a little emotional as each new year starts – the beginning of a new chapter and season in their educational journey.
As I send our boys back to school with their new backpacks and shiny new tennis shoes, I have a few things I wanted to share with you other moms.
These are things I have learned over the years that can encourage and enrich your school experience for you and your children:
1. Be Confident
We have many choices today on what type of schooling we can choose for our children, it is important that whatever you decide that you are confident in the decision you make. Also the first few weeks might be difficult, but hang in there and give it time. If it is not working, you can always try something else.
2. Get Involved
I know that not every parent can help volunteer, but if you are able to, it does help a lot to get involved in the school. The year my youngest son was born I was not able to go to the classroom, but a few times I worked on preparing a craft project at home for the teacher. I also try to attend holiday parties and field trips when possible. There are so many opportunities, just ask at your school.
3. Be an Advocate
We are our children’s best advocate. We know them and their needs well. Do not be afraid to talk to a teacher if you have concerns. It is so important if our kids are struggling or may need some extra support that we help them. There are so many resources available and your teacher can help you with your questions.
4. Stay Connected
Remember to check your child’s backpack for papers and information. Also you can check school websites for calendars. Many schools now have Facebook group pages where information is shared.
If you need to ask a question or share information with a teacher I have found email is often most efficient as teachers do not have time in the morning to chat.
5. Be Prepared
As you know mornings can be often crazy, to eliminate a lot of the extra stress we pack lunches, have the kids pick out their clothes the night before and find shoes and backpacks.
I know that I have also grown and learned a lot through my children’s school experience. As parents we are a huge part of their journey.
I have also found that other parents can be huge resource too, so make sure you connect with other parents. They are vital for encouragement and support.
As we embark on a new school year I wish every one of you a great year of learning.