OK~ It's almost a full month into the new school year for many families and I can honestly tell you that this Mom has adjusted just fine. I wanted to give all of you an update as to what I am not missing out on. Remember, I was the Mom (take note, the only one at the time that smiled when I left my Kindergartener in 2000) doing a Happy Dance when our youngest started school. I may also be an odd ball because I was doing a Happy Dance at graduation time too. Many Moms were teary eyed, yet this Mom was sooo happy. Now, don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with a tear or two, but I really don't miss it!
#1- I am NOT missing having a sick kid in the house during the month of September. Every single year, I'd have a kid home with some type of throat infection, never failed! I am not missing that at all!
#2- I do NOT miss having to get a kid up at 6:00 a.m. to catch the 6:55 a.m. bus, period.
#3- I do NOT miss the whining of "Why do I have to go to school today?" You parents that have kids
that love school, really are blessed! I have always been secretly jealous, as I have never had that experience.
#4- I do NOT miss the day to day updates from the boys' reports on who bullied who at school, never made my day!
So- in the grand scheme of things, life is going rather well in our household. I am loving this new found freedom, as I seem to be finding many new opportunities around every corner. I honestly believe that my boys and school is what was holding me back from excelling in my own passions. I always had the next PTO Meeting on my mind, the next IEP meeting, or when the next Parent Teacher Conferences would be. School was always the top of the list for this Mom, just not for my boys.
Finding that work, family balance can be challenging. I speak from experience, as those new experiences will come- just maybe not at the time or in the form you anticipated.
Here's to my new found freedom and a blessed school year for those of you with kiddos in school. Make the best of each day, as it's all a gift! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?