“I’ve got butterflies.”
“I don’t want to go to school.”
“There are some naughty kids in my class.”
All of these phrases were bandied about in my house this morning, and even I had a few nerves coursing through me as we started back into the routine of school. The morning jobs were done in record time, uniforms were on, and kids were ready, but it all started getting real when we drove to school.
Just to add to the confusion were the new classroom numbers. What used to be Room 1 is now Room 4, what was Room 3 is now Room 8 … A pre- warning might have been nice as it was suddenly a bit confusing, and oh yes, now none of my kids book labels have the right room number on them!
It’s pretty clear that my kids were not the only ones a bit nervous, and also that I wasn’t the only mum feeling a little nervous for my kids. Confident kids were clingy, classrooms were full of kids, and parents, and the teachers who were trying to greet everyone, and take everything in themselves.
The thing is – the first day back at school is just that. It’s JUST a first day. There isn’t anything that can happen on the first day that you can’t fix, encourage, sort, or talk about. It’s not that big a deal in the general scheme of a whole year of schooling to come.
Yes, there are nerves, and anxiety. Maybe you will have tears when your kids get home today. I suggest that you pick your kids up, or they walk in the door, and you be chilled out with them. I’m planning on taking all the kids togs and towels and heading to the lake for a swim before we head home. Something fun, something to put the day into perspective. I’m not going to ask too many questions about how things went initially. Fun, food, water, and time to themselves is probably all they are going to be able to handle.
And that might be true for the entire first week.
Limited stress, limited expectations, and me being at my best so that we can deal with everyone’s emotions in a way that doesn’t build them up too big or overwhelming.