Parenting in the Real World -Oh Routine, How I Love Thee

August 29, 2011 - 2:31pm Updated: August 29, 2011 - 4:57pm

Well I had the beautiful privilege of taking my daughter to school this morning for her first day of grade three.

I got to help her do her hair and make her breakfast and I got a big hug and kiss in front to a room full of anxious 8 year olds.

I watched other mothers drop off their children: some standing at the door, some coming in and helping their children unpack their overstuffed first day school bags.

As I returned home with my two little ones, I had a series of reflections and realizations that really touched my heart about the back to school emotions that affect both myself and other parents:

- The moms with their children going to school for the first time and all the emotions that accompany that milestone.
- The fact that my oldest applied for a job today instead of going to school because he graduated last year.
- The busy stay at home mom whose youngest started grade one so school is full time for all her kids.
- The moms who looked on today with pride-filled tears and a lump of fear in their throats and hearts, for their children.

All of these stories and many more graced my heart and assisted my journey of wholeness as a parent.

I now sit and watch the trees blow in the sunshine and I am simply grateful. Grateful for the innocence of children, their excitement and first day fears; grateful for those middle years kids that would rather go to school with friends than their moms (yes I have one of those too); grateful for the kind of love only a child can possess and grateful for the full heart only a mother watching her children grow can possess.

Being in a state of gratitude is the healthiest place we can be.

I pray you as parents and readers can reflect on this day with gratitude and love in your hearts no mater what feelings came up for you.

Welcome the blissful routine only school can bring.

And remember something that is very clear to all parents today is - They are only little once. Cherish it

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