Five bloggers, who are moms like you, share everything from picking the perfect back to school styles to packing the perfect backpack. These bloggers were compensated for their participation in this program.
Something happened at school this week that surprised me but not really. It was a definite proud mommy moment and I’m even prouder because my girls didn’t tell me about it someone else did.
Since my girls were tiny, I’ve taught them not to stare or make assumptions when they see someone who is different from themselves or disabled. I’ve always encouraged them to ask me any questions that they might have and we’ve always discussed the situation. I’ve encouraged them to embrace differences in themselves and others. My main objective was to teach them that just because someone might look or act different than we do, we are all human beings on the inside and every human deserves to enjoy certain human rights, dignity and respect.
As I mentioned in my last post, my kids go back to school in September -- two weeks from today! While we're soaking up our last two weeks of summer, it's time to start getting ready for our school year routine. The school supplies have been puchased, sorted, and labeled. The main thing we have to do now is to get our sleep/wake cycles back to normal.Read More
I can still remember the smell of my elemntary school. There was a distinct mixture of heavy duty powdered cleanser, concrete, gymnasium wax and dust. It was the smell of my elementary school experience and it's universal, really. Or at least it seems to be the same in every elementary school in the Mid-West. So when I took my son on tour of his new school and he mentioned that the smells were the same as his old school, I smiled. "Yep!" I said, as we walked the empty halls. "It smells just like when I used to go to school, too." He giggled. Smells are very powerful for him. His sensory processing is different than that of typical kiddos and odors are a big deal to him. Just like so many of us, a familiar scent can help him cope. I was a bit relieved that he made the connection.
I am the proud mother of a seven year old and am clinging on for dear life to maintain his status as “my baby.” But my only child is quickly growing up and although he will always be a baby in my eyes, he is quickly become a young man. I remember being told that time flies and to cherish these years. I do. But as I watch him grow, the 365 days of each year seem to go by quicker and quicker.Read More
My kids started school last week so we are finished with our back to school shopping. I know that's not the case for everyone. There are still kids on summer vacation, which means there may still be some of you out there who still have some shopping to do. I thought I would do something fun and share some of my and my daughter's favorite items of clothing and perhaps inspire some ideas for your very own shopping adventure!Read More
My favorite part of back to school shopping is definitely the part where we go shopping for school supplies. There isn't a whole lot of drama or emotion when purchasing pencils and paper. However, things can get a little nuts when the kids think that they need every! single! thing! that they see.Read More
This morning was the first day of school for my girls. I won't lie and tell you that firsts get any easier for me. For the first time ever, I was excited about taking them back to school but as soon as I left my second grader in her new class and before I even left the school building, my heart was heavy with all the feelings; the missing, the growing up and the letting go. I freaking hate the letting go.
The girls are now 9 and 7, so we don't have to worry about the dreaded first day of preschool and kindergarten. Jeez, those days nearly broke my mommy heart in half. Again this morning, moms were dropping like flies in the kindergarten corridor; collapsing into pools of snot and tears just outside of the doorways. I kept a stiff upper lip and pushed their limp bodies aside as I took my girls to the more "dignified" end of the hallway to second grade. Not really, by second grade we've just learned to wear huge sunglasses and wait until we are safely back in the car before we have our breakdown.
Our school district is different than many others, in that our kids don't return to school until the beginning of September. They go to school until the end of June, so we have July and August to get our summer vibe on. While we got the jump start on buying back to school supplies, we put them in the office and are ignoring them while we soak up the last of our summer break.
We are two weeks out from the first day of school and it's almost time for some serious routine rearranging. For over two months we have been blowing off bedtime and staying up way too late. We moved to a new house in a new town, went on a family vacation and a few spontaneous day trips. We also got a new puppy because, of course we did. Our sunscreen is almost gone and the air is getting a bit crisper. Now, here we are mid-August. We are oh so close to that big transition we have been preparing for - the first day at a brand spanking new school.
When thinking about back to school I am always keeping in mind fun. The little details count and can be a really big deal for kids! I really believe this and keep it in mind when I am choosing back to school accessories for my son. One of the things that I do is purchase a new lunchbox for my son at the start of the school year.Read More