When both of my kids are on the phone…
Baby girl talking to one of her friends from her old school, playing Prodigy.
Diva girl talking on the landline to her cousin as they play fortnite.
…I’ve come to the realization that this is my Friday.
But I’m the only one old enough to drink so there…
So this year Diva Girl has her first locker. Silly me…I thought this was exciting. She, on the other hand, was horrified. The thought of having to memorize a lock combo was not her idea of fun. My solution was to take her with me so she could choose her own lock. There’s definitely way more selection than when I was a kid. Then I told her to practice her combo over the weekend until she felt comfortable. But she was still a bit nervous because 2 kids at school had already forgotten their combos on the 1st day. So she practiced diligently until she had the combo memorized. To be safe we made a copy and put it in Baby Girl’s backpack. She is not yet part of the elite locker crowd.
Diva Girl had a great day, the lock situation was handled. She was so happy when she came home.
Diva: “Mom I did it! I remembered my combination today.”
Me: “That’s great!”
Diva: “I had no problems. Look!” she was very proud and takes the lock out of her bag to show me.
Me: “Uh…you’re supposed to leave the lock at school!”
I’m still laughing…
2nd week of school over…
Very little homework…
Made quite a few friends!
So far so good!
How are your kids doing after 2 weeks of school?
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This September brings a new school year at a new school for both the girls. We’ve moved out of the area that they grew up in and I’m nervous. Is that weird? I’m an introvert by nature and new situations and new places was always a struggle for me growing up. I still have issues in large groups of people that I don’t know. I’ve only gotten better at disguising my discomfort…most of the time. So I worry about the girls and how they will adapt. I have an amazing amount of guilt. I’m slightly depressed by the fact that they will no longer be attending a school that offers French immersion…for numerous reasons. I am still trying to deal with that disappointment. But my biggest concerns are around how they will adapt to the new school. Baby girl is very shy and I wonder if making new friends will cause her a lot of distress. She’s very sensitive…like seriously sensitive. Although Diva girl can be shy, she is also better at being nonchalant which actually attracts people to her quite easily. I’m pretty sure she’s not aware of that superpower right now.
So I’ve made it my goal these past few weeks to talk to them about peer pressure, being the new kid, making friends and bullying. I’m hoping this will at least help to prepare them for any new and unexpected situations they may find themselves in. I try to remember what it felt like for me as a kid and use those experiences to provide them with some insight. I’m not sure they’re paying attention, but I’m hoping something will kick in at the right time.
But then again, they may just surprise me. I’m the one that’s not good with change. Something I’ve come to terms with as I’ve gotten older. But the girls are pretty resilient.
Maybe I’m the one that’s going to need someone to hold my hand on that first day of school.
Well…the first blush of back to school has worn off.
Let’s be honest…it wore off in the first week. By Friday I had two very cranky children on my hands.
Three weeks in and now we’ve graduated to grumpy faces, whining and “5 more minutes Mommy, please!”
I don’t blame them though…
Some mornings I hit the snooze button so many times it’s almost become an Olympic sport.
At least the weather has been pretty great. We got the summer weather we’ve been waiting for ALL SUMMER!
Shorts and t-shirts and sunscreen. Thirty-two degrees Celsius…What a scorcher!
Until yesterday…when we left the house and turned the heat on in the car.
Nothing like a fresh Autumn morning to remind you that your nearly non-existent summer is over.
Today the girls had a play date with their cousin. I decided to take them to the park near our house. It was like pulling teeth with Diva Girl and her cousin because they wanted to stay inside and play Minecraft. Seriously? Baby Girl and I paid them no mind and got ready to go. They grumbled for a bit but by the time the park was in sight, they had forgotten the video games and made a beeline to the playground. It was cool today, a sign that summer is coming to a close and we were the only ones there for at least twenty minutes. Freeze tag was the game of choice and they proceeded to run and scream and laugh uncontrollably. I was suckered in to being a referee of sorts to ensure that everyone played fair and that Baby Girl didn’t get stuck being ‘it’ all the time, since she is the smallest and sometimes has to work harder to catch the others. After a while, a few other families began to arrive and there was one little boy in particular whose caregiver asked the girls if he could play.
And then there were four…
What I love about children is how open they are to new people, experiences, adventures and so on. Soon they were running and screaming each other’s names. The little boy who was the youngest was jumping and running with the rest. As it is with children when they play so vigorously, there are bound to be some bumps and bruises. Everyone had at least one fall into the wood chips that line the playground area. Baby Girl had a fall that left her in tears and the little boy was quick to offer the services of his dog for comfort (present with the caregiver) and advised her to pet him so that she could feel better.
She was all better after that.
When it was time to go, the little boy said goodbye to them (twice to Baby Girl) and they all yelled ‘bye!’ to him as well.
Summer may be almost over, but beautiful moments can happen any time.
School…one for Baby girl and another for the Diva
After school french classes
Cough and cold
And more tantrums
It’s a good thing motherhood is so boring…
First week of school was great!
Tuesday Diva girl had a tummy ache…anxiety. she was starting grade 2 after all.
Thursday Baby girl only started crying when we walked her into her classroom. Compared to the kids and one poor mom that were near to hysterical, she actually did quite well.
I’d say we’re starting the year off quite well!
After I heard about the horrible things that happened in Newtown, Connecticut this week, my prayers changed a bit….
Thank you for my five year old spilling milk on the table.
Thank you for my 2 year old not falling asleep until almost 11pm last night;
Thank you for the battle to get my kids ready for school and daycare this morning.
Thank you for Diva girl having an accident in my bed after having a nightmare at 4am in her room.
They fought over a bag of popcorn today and cried when their father took it away.
What a beautiful sound.
Baby girl had a tantrum yesterday because she didn’t want to go to bed.
What a blessing.
I am thankful; I am grateful for every challenge, big or small that I am blessed enough to face with these two beautiful girls.
Thank you. Thank you. Dear God, thank you.
Do you ever notice how we project our fears onto our children? We want them to grow and experience new things, but at the same time we hold on to them and try to protect them from ‘getting hurt’. Sometimes we hold on so tight that we deprive them from learning and experiencing exactly what we thought would be good for them in the first place.
Being a parent is sometimes such balancing act.
I’ve decided to enrol Diva girl in French Immersion for grade 1 and although I know it will be a good opportunity for her, I am nervous about how she will feel since she will have to change schools. What about all her friends? Will she have problems making new ones? What if she can’t adjust? The school is further away (not five minutes away), what if something happens on the way there; on the way home…?
There’s that ‘what if’ problem again!
But you know what I realized? I was the shy kid in school. I was the kid who hated trying to make new friends. Diva girl is not like me in that sense. Yes, she does like to belong…but who doesn’t. She is definitely more outgoing than I am and people are very drawn to her. When I introduce myself to other parents whether it was at daycare or now at school, they almost always say “Ooooh you’re Diva girl’s mom! I hear about her all the time!”
There was even one parent whose twin girls named their dolls after her!
So, I’ve done my homework and made sure that the school is a good one and so is the neighbourhood. It really isn’t that far away (fifteen minutes at the most) and with a deep breath and a prayer I will be registering her for French Immersion for next year. Yikes!
It’s a good thing. It’s a good thing. It’s a good thing…..