The summer holidays are nearly over and it’s time to start thinking about getting the kids back to school. This year I can’t wait to see Little Man heading off into Year 1 as he enjoyed last year so much. However last year I was a worried mess, wondering how he was going to cope. Being a new school mum can be pretty daunting too; there is a lot to remember, think about and keep up with along with making sure that your little one is happy and enjoying school. There are a few things which I wish I had known this time last year to expect so I thought I would share them with any new school mums out there.
They will be tired – I don’t even think tired is a strong enough word for the state your little one will come home in to start with. School is a whole new ball game for them and a tiring one at that. Don’t expect to be able to do much after school for a while, just let them come home and chill. Their little brains become sponges and that’s hard work!
They will be hungry after school – My little boy comes out of school every day absolutely starving. Your snack game has to be strong! I see lots of parents on the school run snacks in hand ready for pick up so I know it’s not just Little Man. I tend to take him a drink for the walk back and then he has a snack when he gets in. I am thinking of just bringing dinner forward this year though as even a snack doesn’t cut it most days.
They might not tell you very much – The standard answer when I ask Little Man how his day was or what he got up to is ‘I don’t know’. This really worried me at the start, he didn’t want to talk about school and from a selfish perspective I suddenly found myself out of the loop of his life. However, as time has gone on he does actually tell me quite a lot about school but just not when I ask him. He suddenly thinks of something to tell me when he’s in the bath or at dinner time. Unless there is an obvious problem don’t worry if they don’t tell you very much to start with.
Things will be constantly lost – Lost property really will become your best friend in the first year. Putting thirty 4 and 5 year olds in PE changing room seems to spell disaster. Little Man came home with no pumps at one point, then two pairs of pumps. He came home with someone elses jumper, no jumper, two jumpers. My best tip is get a group together on Facebook or Whatsapp where you can share what you are missing or what you have with other parents to get things back to their owners!
Try not to be too sad – Starting school is such a big milestone in their life and yours but try not to be sad. School has been the biggest adventure for my little boy and he has loved every moment of it. It’s a big learning curve for both of you but such a special moment too. I hear lots of people say how you lose them a little bit when they go to school but I don’t think that’s the case. Your relationship with them can be a little bit different but it will always be special.
Good luck to all the parents with little ones starting school this year, you will both smash it!