Here I am, almost one month into life as a “school mum” and as expected, it’s been a whirlwind of emotions...
1. Lunchbox stress is so not worth it
2. It’s a period of adjustment for everyone
3. Get involved, but also don’t
4. Slow down
During pre-school, you may have been used to a jam-packed week full of activities, play dates and excursions, but we’ve pared that right back in kindergarten, allowing a little breathing space for the period of adjustment in term one. Every child is undoubtedly different, but I know that rushing to gymnastics/ballet/soccer/etc. after school a few days a week would have been too much for our daughter both mentally and physically. Instead, we’re taking things really slowly and taking advantage of warm summer afternoons hanging at home, early dinners and simple playtime. It’s really taken the edge off the often-hectic evenings filled with rushing from one activity to another, and I’ve even noticed a closer bond between my daughter and son as a result of, well, doing nothing. If you have the luxury of time and can afford a few afternoons at home to just chill out, I highly recommend it for new school starters in the early days. If it avoids over-tired meltdowns at home and in the classroom, then slowing down can only be a good thing for everyone.