It’s time for SCHOOL! That moment we are all so NOT ready for. I dropped my son off at preschool today and it was such a heartbreaking moment, but it was also an amazing moment as well. Our son has gotten so big and was so excited to start his first day of school. The teacher asked me to stay a little bit, to see how he would transition into the classroom, and he asked me to leave! Seriously!? I about cried right there and then because of that. He was playing and made a new friend as soon as he walked in the door.
He was ready to go and this mom wasn’t. I walked out of the door with tears in my eyes. I could barely make it to my car before te first tear started to shed. I never imagined it being this hard to send our children off to school. I thought it would be easy because now I get a break and will be able to get more done. NOPE! I was so wrong! It was one of the hardest things I have had to do because it means he is getting independent and won’t need me much longer.
We all want our kids to get independent and learn on their own, but we are never prepared for it to happen. Especially when it’s happening at such a young age. Our kids grow up so fast and sometimes we are so wrapped up in what needs to be done that we miss these things. I always see my son as the shy child he was a year ago and today he proved me wrong. There was a child who came up to him while he was playing and they instantly started to play together. This is something I, as a parent, was worried about. I didn’t think he would make a friend that quickly because of his shyness.
It’s that time for our children to learn for themselves and to grow up, but are we really prepared. Yes we go school shopping and help them learn at home, but we are never emotionally prepared for our children to leave us. Today I realized why my mom cried when we went to school, its because she loved us. She wasn’t ready for her babies to go off and without her. I now see this and experienced this priceless moment for myself today.
This is one of the main things we have to do as parents. We cant just expect their teachers to do all the teaching, but we need to play our part in it too. Just recently I bought a chalkboard easel to help with my teaching. The children love having that here, because they get to interact more without a book. I think its important for children to learn hands on rather than through a screen or just in a book because it helps them remember better. They will remember drawing an apple on the board for A or a bumble bee for B. They may not remember the game they played or which letter they wrote. I noticed an improvement with the children once I started using the chalkboard.
They are kids and like to have fun so we need to make teaching fun. This is why we finger-paint letters and numbers here. This way they can learn and have fun doing so. The kids think they are just painting for fun, but in reality they are learning how to write letters and numbers. I found some pretty nifty ways on pintrest as well and the kids love them. Yeah we make a mess sometimes but that’s what we do. We always clean it up, but as long as we re having fun why get upset over a mess. There’s too many people that take these ties for granted and worry too much about the mess than what their children our doing.
You don’t get these memories back and need to enjoy them while you can. Especially now while they are young, because they grow up so fast. They wont be little long and we need to focus on shaping them for the future and making sure they are having fun still. Its important that e show our children unconditional love. We need to worry less about them getting in trouble and doing things they’re not supposed to and worry more about how were going to have fun next. We took the kids to a dolphin show not long ago and the smiles on their faces were unreal. They were so happy and were learning! The trainers were telling stories about how even farmers play a role with dolphins and the kids just sat there listening and engaging in the activities. That was an amazing experience and I’m so glad my husband took us there because even I had fun.
Life isn’t about what clothes you wear, what house you live in, and how organized you are, but its about the love you grew up with, the fun you had learning, the memories you have, and the moments you shared with one another. So we need to slow down and really evaluate what we re living for and how much time we are spending with out children. These are the moments that last a lifetime remember that.