So now apparently I’ve got this kid in year 1. And apparently I should know some stuff about being a School Mum. Which I don’t really, but I thought I’d throw some stuff out there for any parents that may have a little one starting Kindergarten last week and are now in week two feeling a little, shall we say, overwhelmed.
I’m a little more prepared this time around than I was last year – it wasn’t just a huge adjustment for my little lady, it took a whole lot of adjustment for the whole family. New routines, new systems, new everything.
The first months of School are exhausting for little people starting out in Kindergarten. Daisy has always been a kid that gets tired – she’s up early in the morning, goes hard and needs to get to bed early. Throw in 6 hours of School where she was learning new stuff, keeping up with bigger kids, running around and making new friendships, when she was picked up of an afternoon I knew we had to run a tight ship back home to ensure she got to bed early enough for plenty of rest. Sometimes that meant that we had to have dinner at 4.30pm. Sometimes it meant that her afternoon tea at 3.30pm had to be a big bowl of pasta that would actually end up being her dinner. Making sure she had time to vege out in front of the TV, or reading books, or just being quiet, time to play with her sister and be silly and then time for the normal routines – dinner, bath and quiet time before an early bedtimeand maybe a piece of toast if she was still hungry.
I also found that School was enough. It was enough time for learning. Enough time for socialising. Enough time for exercising. We had to shut down any after School play dates for the first 2 terms. The few times that she did catch up with someone it inevitably ended in tears and fights that came out of exhaustion and nothing more. We didn’t start any extracurricular stuff until later in the year when she was a little better adjusted. Choose what’s important and needs to get done – like swimming lessons – and stick with that for a year. The rest like sport or ballet can come later – we found that for Daisy, getting her rest was more important.
It took me a long time to get my head around all the new things too: newsletters, notes that had to be signed and returned, canteen, sports days, library days – checklists and being organised was essential for me being on top of things and ensured there were less meltdowns when I inevitably forgot something on someday.
Be patient. Be extra kind. Allow extra time for everything, be organised and be flexible.
What’s your tip for little people starting School?
If you had one start last week, or this week, how are they going?
How are YOU?