New Chapters begin with the first day of school. Kids are in new grades. There are new roles for the family and the organized chaos begins to rear its ugly yet wonderful head.
I have few sad emotions about the wonders of new school experiences. Dropping the kids off and seeing them yell good bye over their shoulder as they run off to play with their friends because they don't need me is a sense of satisfaction and achievement for me as a mom.
At this point in my life, I feel I have conquered a new milestone because they are not clung to my leg nor have that "I cant believe your going to leave me" look on their little faces.
I am proud to say I have confident young ladies going off to school and it is not a traumatic event, it is enlightening and exciting. It is just as exciting for them as it is for me as a mom, although we are excited about different things. I am excited to spend the day by myself and they are excited to spend the day surrounded by new and old friends, new routines and new teachers.
I am excited for early bed times again and they are excited to get up early and get dressed in their new clothes. (for the first day at least) I am excited for exhausted kids who have spent the day learning and growing and they excited to share all the happenings of their days.
Overall the routine and predictability of a school day is my saving grace as a mom. I am dedicated to their independence and that is not heartbreaking, to me it is exhilarating. Each year we become busier in a different way and each year the kids can do a little more for themselves and the independence is what satisfies my parenting soul.
I have not worked this hard for the last 20 years to not enjoy this moment and I refuse to spend it crying that they are growing up and we won't get those baby years back.....Thank GOD.
Don't get me wrong I loved those baby years but I am done. 5 kids later and 20 and 1/2 years of parenting please, no more babies for me!!!!
New Chapters and new experiences is what its all about. I still have my 3 year old I don't have them all in school yet but look out for when that day comes because this momma's goal is to be excited for that day. No tears for independence but tears of joy that my hard work and determination has paid off.
As a busy working mom and like more and more women my husband works away. I am dedicated to my own balance and I know I have achieved that when I see it in my children.
Children will do as we do not what we say.
I challenge you parents to walk the walk and raise independent little people who are excited to be away from home and excited to come back to their comfort zone and safety net at the end of the day.
In my life right now this is awesome and this is where me and my parenting journey is at.
May all change tomorrow......
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