Monday, August 24, 2015

Back to School Mom Monday

My kids, like most Texas kiddos, went back to school today. 
There's 3 types of "back to school" moms.  The first one has had a "back to school" countdown going since day 1 of summer break.  We've all seen her constantly posting on social media the question "When does school start back?!"  She's one that started buying school supplies in early July.  As she pulls through the carpool lane on the first day, she barely stops as the kids get out.  And you're pretty sure, you just saw her push the kid out of the car. 
The second mom is the one who will weep the entire first week of school.  She will be posting quite the opposite of mom #1.  Her posts will consist of "When is 3pm?"  and "I can't wait for Thanksgiving break.  I am so ready to have my kids home!"  She's clinging to her little angels in the carpool lane.  The teachers are physically pulling the kids out of the car. 
Then there's mom #3.  I like to think I am this mom.  She realizes a new school year means a lot to her kids.  It's another step in the process of getting them to be productive citizens in society.  Another year to grow into the people they are supposed to be.  There will be new choices and obstacles they face that will help mold them.  Mom #3 takes each day for what it is...another day she gets to watch her kids grow and mature.  This mom also realizes structure and schedules must be put back into place after a lazy summer.  With that comes homework which no parent is excited about.

Which brings us to the purpose of this post...a homework station.  I started this small homework station last school year.  It's perfect because my kids don't use their desks in their rooms for homework.  They prefer to use the kitchen table to do homework while they snack.  It has all the basics needed for homework...notebook paper, pencils, pens, crayons, map pencils, glue and a pencil sharpener.  I found this great wooden box with a chalkboard front at World Market.  To find it, click here.  It's on sale right now for less than $20.  It sits on the kitchen counter, out of the way until we need it.

Whether your child is attending their first day of kindergarten or their first day of their senior year, they will grow and change, becoming a different person by the end of the year.  They will be more mature and independent.  Happy thoughts and positive vibes are being sent to parents everywhere!!

Hugs y'all!


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