Nearly 8 weeks have passed since my little man started school. It really is quite amazing what it does to them; he has become so much more independent and resilient and learnt so much in such a short space of time. I think your child starting school is as much a learning curve for you as it is for them and there have certainly been a few steep ones for me recently. Here are 5 things I have learnt since I became a parent to a school kid!
PE spares are needed – If you have watched my Insta stories recently you will have seen my PE kit dramas. A week before the end of term Little Man told me he had lost his PE top so I replaced it. He then came home with his PE kit at the end of the half term to be washed. Except he didn’t bring half of it home! There were pumps missing, jogging bottoms missing and a sweatshirt. Where did it go?! After an emergency PE kit trip he is all stocked up again but this time I have spares! Lesson learnt. Now, which way to lost property?
Cursive handwriting is hard – I know only some schools do this but Little Man’s school is one of them. I am told using cursive handwriting from an early age makes for better handwriting as they get older but it’s very very tricky. We have had long stints at practising this and I am struggling, let alone him. His teacher assures me he is doing fine with it. Is it acceptable for me to ask for a couple of lessons too?
They tell you nothing – When Little Man was at nursery he would tell me quite a bit. Now everything is a secret. I ask what he has done and he tells me it’s a secret. I ask him who he played with, it’s a secret. The only reason I know what he had for lunch is because I packed it! Thank goodness for parents evening where his teacher told me he does do stuff all day and he has made friends!
School runs are scary – I am talking about the crazy parking in particular. We have to drive to Little Man’s school but still park about a 5 minute walk away to avoid the rush. Seriously though, what is it about school run parents in cars that sends everyone so crazy?!
A school day really isn’t very long – When I mourned my little man going to school I thought the days would be long without him; I would miss him a lot. In reality, I blink and it’s 2.30 and I’m back in the car off to pick him up. The days really do go very quickly.
So there we are, I’m sure there will be more to add as the year goes on but for now I’m off to put names in a PE kit, do cursive handwriting homework and nag Little Man to at least tell me one thing about school! If you have anything to add to the list, let me know.