We had our first day of school this week!
Both of our kiddos are officially in “big” school. Our baby started Kindergarten, and our oldest started first grade!
I spent the entire day before the first day of school worrying about how they would react. Not only was it their first day, it was also a new school! I was afraid it would be overwhelming.
Truth is… they will be just fine.
It’s us… the moms… that won’t be! For some of us, it’s the night before school starts. For others, it’s seeing our no longer little babies walking into the classroom. Personally, for me, it’s after the fact. The excitement of the day has ended and the reality of what I have done has hit me!
I have willingly handed my children over to the next chapter of their lives, and now that I have, I’m sure there will be a snowball effect.
Each year will go faster than the last. Before I know it, they will be driving cars and dating girls (OH MY GOSH!!), and I will be wondering what happened to Kindergarten and 1st grade??? Where did it go???
It’s soooo normal for moms to experience anxiety, worries, sadness, and even mini freak outs during these big life changes! So, instead of tips for how to make the first day of school easier for kids, here are tips on how to make the first day of school easier for mom!
6 Ways for Moms to Survive Their Kid’s First Day of School
Turn Anxiety into Excitement
There are so many things running through a mom’s mind on the first day of school. Will my child make new friends quickly? Will someone be mean to him? Etc. Last week, I talked about how parental anxiety can affect children in Parenting With Anxiety. Instead of allowing your anxiety to transfer to your children, channel your anxiety into excitement. Talk with them about all of the new, great things they will experience and the new friends they will make. You are starting a whole new journey. Your role as a parent is shifting and although that’s scary and sad, it’s exciting!
Go to any meetings the first week of school that are available. Read over all of the paperwork and handouts sent home. Being able to eliminate any questions you may have will help put your mind at ease!
Find out the best way to stay in contact with your child’s teacher and school. Most teachers use some sort of messaging app or hand out an email address. In my experience, teachers are very willing to answer any random questions you may have… as long as it is a decent hour!
Find ways you can get involved that fit into your schedule. Having the opportunity to see your child in their school environment will help ease your anxieties. Your kiddo will LOVE it too!
Sometimes we just need it. Talk to your girlfriends or your spouse. Let them know the feelings you are having. Saying them out loud can help. It can also give you a different perspective or talk you down from the proverbial ledge.
Be Their Biggest Supporter
Understood. Right? Sometimes it’s nice to be reminded of what we already know. So we can check ourselves and make sure we are doing the best we possibly can. Ask questions about their day. Get involved with homework. Talk to them about any problems they may be having. Find ways to implement fun activities or small prizes when they accomplish something new. Whatever support means for you, give it your all!
I guess we can’t avoid them getting older and needing us less. We can enjoy them being small.
Stress less, enjoy more.
You got this mama.