First Day of School Jitters

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I always get them.

What’s sad is, I’m not the one forging into a new school year, with a new teacher, and learning the behaviors of all of my old and new classmates. Or am I?

Today, the cellist (I still have to change his nickname – maybe that will be a blog post on its own) is starting his first day of seventh grade and I’m a mess. Mostly because my child is turning into a young man, and so is his personality.

This summer we’ve had our share of ups and downs, mostly ups though, and I’m pretty sure that it might indeed get a little worse before it gets better. However, that doesn’t change the fact that I get a little misty eyed on EVERY first day of school, and I ALWAYS can’t believe how fast the year goes by, and how next year he’ll be another year older.

What I really want to do is just hug him. And whisper that he should hold on to these days of youth with all of his might. As a mom, I am trying to make each day that he is with me a pleasure and not a pain. I would love to shield him from all of the mean people, and frustrating days, and disappointments that he will experience in his life, but I can’t. What I can do is provide a place to talk, and vent, and encourage.

The Chicago Public School system has some issues this year (when doesn’t it?) and I’m mentally preparing for a possible strike and how I can use that to my advantage. Learning on HIS terms. Field trips daily, and hugs from the “teacher.” I am still blessed enough that my son will hug me in public and not get all crazy – I don’t make him though, no matter how much I want to.

I’m worried about his education. I worried about his curiosity being met. I’m worried about healthy school lunches. I’m worried about parent wars – as I have now been appointed LSC president – yeah, yeah, yeah. I’m worried about this year because it’s the benchmark year for high school grades. I’m worried about high school. I’m worried about him being too tired from the 7:45 am start time. I’m worried about him being in after school activities. I’m worried, and proud, and excited to see him go forth and accomplish.

I’m anticipating great things this year, including more organization on MY part. Yes, you read that right. I need to get my menu planning, and grocery shopping, and Box Tops collecting, and paper area more organized. Of course the word “need” means that I have yet to do it. Hopefully by the time fall break comes around, I’ll be better. I’m just going to keep my fingers crossed.

This year, I also have my volunteer priorities better organized. One huge binder for Box Tops for Education, and another for all of the other fundraising campaigns that I lead. I’m ready for it! While I was at Type A, I was reinforced about a volunteer scheduling tool that I learned about through PTO Today called Volunteer Spot. I can’t WAIT to use it to get a better handle on parents coming through for things!

What have you done to prepare for back to school? Share some of your wisdom with my houseful!


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