A very new experience for our family
It has been another big week in the Embley household. I sent my eldest baby off to full time school for the first time ever!! And my middle baby had his first day at kindy on Wednesday. It was bitter sweet really. As much as I have been looking forward to this time it was sad to see how quickly my babies are growing up.
I would love to say I was one of those mums who cried on the way to the first drop off, lingered at the door after the bell rang and was 10 minutes early for pickup, but I’m just not. I don’t know if it’s the fact that I still have a baby at home which numbed me to the situation, maybe it was the fact that neither of them really cared that I was leaving or maybe I’m just wired that way.
I will say that the one incidence that has broken my heart is by day two, Lux has refused to hold my hand as we walk to class. Somehow he is already under the assumption that big boys don’t hold their mothers hand. Argh!! I’ll make up for it when he is at the drop and run stage. A little wind down of my window and a yell to my kids how much I love them in front of their mates…… that should sort him out. My dad did it to me so it’s my duty to do the same to my kids. Although I kind of secretly loved it.
As huge as I have always been on routine for my kids, this school thing takes it to the next level. Once I get over the fact that I now LIVE in my car I have come to terms with my life being run by school lunches, school uniforms and now school holidays. No more spontaneous mid week trips down south and no more Adventure World on a Monday when it’s nice and quiet. We have officially joined the rest of the school world population run by school terms and summer holidays.
I know it’s only the first week but things seem to be going pretty well. Part of my philosophy for this year is to get the older two kids taking responsibility for as much as is age appropriately possible.
We tell the kids what is expected of them the night before. In my house the two eldest kids are expected to dress themselves, make their beds, brush their teeth, fill up their water bottles and pack their school bags. I love seeing the pride in their face when all there jobs are done. It makes my heart sing!
One week down and many, many more school weeks to go! I’m loving being part of this new community and new chapter in our lives. New experiences, new friends and new opportunities to teach my kids new life skills as they get older. I’m loving it.
How are you coping?
I would love to hear from you what responsibilities you give your kids before school.