Back to School Night Officially Makes Me Old
Since late August when school related events started popping up on our family calendar, I wasn’t really phased by it. First was bus safety day, then an ice cream social (which was SO cool!) and finally last night was the “Back to School Night” for parents. Basically a fancy name for what was called open house when I was a kid.
I can’t even tell you how in love I am with my kids school community. The ladies in the PTO rocked my socks off last night. We signed up to be a part of the PTO, The Father’s Club (which my neighbor runs), The Yearbook, and of course the Halloween Spooktacular!
Who would have thought I would transform from tattooed bad girl who absolutely hated kids to PTO mom with a min-van.
Overnight I started to think about the transition having a elementary school student really has on motherhood. The first couple years of life is really focused solely on YOU trying to do your best and not screw your child up for life. It is also mostly spent within the walls of your own home. Once your kids start school its this whole new world.
We have increase our play dates, have far more responsibilities when it comes to keeping a schedule, and of course there is homework. Of course a kindergartener isn’t going to have a TON of homework, but it is more than just accomplishing what he is sent home with. We have a standing assignment to read 10 minutes every night as well. Something we absolutely loved doing already, but now… slowly my four year old is learning words to he can read to me, and his younger siblings. It is such an awesome moment as a mother to witness this.
I know, I sound all sappy but I guess this is just another one of those transitional moments as a mom. You have the milestones that make you so proud like first words, walking, first teeth, and those things. But now it is simple stuff like reading, writing their name without help, their first library book.
I don’t know… I am just overwhelmed with pride in my boy. I never thought that parenthood would be this rewarding. I knew it would be fun and I would build an awesome relationship like I have with my parents. But being a parent yourself and going through this all really brings a new level of meaning.