Welcome back to Thursday! It’s time for some True Tales from the Pink & Blue Trenches series. We’ll pick a topic each week about trying to figure out just what is the difference in raising a house of boys vs. raising girls, if any and share our thoughts with you!.
IT’S BACK TO SCHOOL TIME!
post written by Melissa, from Home on Deranged
This week, it’s my turn here at Home on Deranged to talk about the fantastically fun times that are back to school. Now, I admit to being a bit of a novice in this department, since our girls are in a preschool/daycare combo, and I don’t have to worry about school supplies and such. But that doesn’t mean I don’t see it all around me! Next week, Jodi will have her take on the annual ritual and her family’s reaction.
When I think about back to school, I can remember the thrill of shopping for new clothes (at Sears, by the way) and school supplies. I was the school junkie: I loved going to class, meeting my teachers, learning new things. Until high school, at which point I was so utterly bored out of my mind that I just did my time. Although I still bought new clothes every year. Duh.
When we enrolled the girls in the preschool/daycare last year, I cried. It was hard to be away from them. But then I recognized the freedom that it afforded me, the work I could actually accomplish, the occasional movie I could begin seeing in a theater again. It started to work.
Lately, we’ve had to ponder: are the girls ready to move to a more traditional preschool? There’s a great Montessori school in town, and one of the churches also has a 3 day/week program. Do they need a more structured setting than they have at their home-based daycare, where they know all 11 other kids? Tough call.
I’m a great advocate of education, even early education. I was in preschool at age 3, and managed to get a masters degree eventually. Clearly, I didn’t get tired of learning. But I did get tired of going to school, and I don’t want our kids to burn out before they even get started.
And, they’re my babies! My babies!!!
About a week ago, Annie came through looking for her Elmo backpack. We had bought the girls backpacks last year after they demanded to have them like some of the other kids. They have since been used to tote stuffed animals from one room of our house to another. But who’s counting?
Anyway, our very clever 3 year old asked for her backpack, which we provided. She filled it up with books, toys and some of her bead collection, put on her Anna dress and shoes, climbed on her Radio Flyer trike, and told me, “I’m going to school. Bye!”
What the freaking what??? Who told her about this???
Needless to say, I cried for about 30 seconds. Then I gathered my thoughts and remembered how every. single. morning. she screams and cries, “I don’t want to go to school! I want to play at home! I want to stay with you!”
Elmo backpacks are the devil. Back to school time sucks.
How are you coping with back to school? Do you get excited or dread it? How about your kids? Or if you homeschool, tell me how it works for you! Share your thoughts in the comments, because I need all the help I can get!
Join us again next Thursday! We will have a Back to School special surprise for you!