Ah! Those 3 magical words! Back to school. I love everything about this time. I loved it as a student and I love it now as a parent.
My love for this begins with back to school shopping. While dragging my kids through the mall, I spent a whole day in paradise buying a new wardrobe for the oldest (the youngest gets hand-me-downs for life). I picked each piece of clothing with such love and consideration. My son on the other hand cried real tears when I took him to one last store to try on a few hoodies. “Why don’t the boys love this as much as me?”, I wondered.
And back to school shopping wouldn’t be complete without that never ending supply list. It sure adds up when you’re buying for two.
$20 worth of glue sticks, check! (No joke, I had to buy 10 of them!)
I spent last night labelling their belongings and packing their supplies into their bags. I took extra care in making their lunch. I added a few extra snacks and a note to let them know I’d be thinking of them.
We woke up a little early today as I wanted to make sure to get their “first day of school” pictures outside the front door. This has become an annual tradition in our home, along with many other households as can be witnessed each year on my Facebook feed.
I drove them to school and reminded them multiple times to take the bus in the afternoon. I told them how much I loved them and how proud of them I am and that I hope they have fun and learn awesome, new things. Before I knew it we were at the school. They gave me a quick kiss and then they were gone.
In all honesty, I’m a tad envious of my children. I wish I could have stayed with them all day as they got to experience the countless joys of everything that makes the first day of school so wondrous. Seeing friends they haven’t seen all summer; The anticipated moment of finding out who their teachers will be; Sitting at their new desk for the first time and organizing all of their new school supplies; I could really go on and on.
I spent all day at work eagerly awaiting dinner time so that I could ask them all about their day. I was so excited I decided instead of wasting time cooking I would just grab some take out so that I could relish as many moments as I could with my kids.
I rushed home with take out bags in hand. I opened the door and called out, “Boys, I’m home! Come tell me all about your day!”
“Ugh, do I have to?”, the younger one yelled from the basement.
Clearly he had no idea just how much I had been waiting for this moment. After rounding up the crew and sitting for dinner I began the interrogation.
“How was your day?” I asked.
“Good.” they answered.
“Did you have fun?”
I quickly learned these questions were getting me nowhere.
I literally had to ask the exact questions for which I wanted answers. After a good half hour, I got all my questions answered and then some. The boys began sharing more and more and before I knew it, my mission was accomplished. They both had a great first day and are both looking forward to the year ahead.
Do you get the same one word answers from your kids? If so, try some of these questions to open up dialogue and to find out how your little one spent their day!
-How did you feel when you first got to school?
-What did you like most about your teacher?
-What made you really happy today?
-What made you laugh today?
-How did you feel when you left school?
-What are you looking forward to the most this year?
-How can mommy help to make this a great year for you?
**Cheers to a great school year, folks!**