School started on Monday and things have been a bit quiet around here while I get into the swing of things. Each year, it takes some time for me to remember how I did this working-mom gig. It takes a while for me to remember the answers to all my questions.
Seriously— like, how do I find time for work and family?
How do I fit in meal making and therapy sessions and doctor appointments?
How do I conserve enough energy during the day so that I come home as a regular mom and not a zombie mom?
How do I find time to write? Or excercise? (fat chance on that last one)
How do I train my body to wait an eternity between bathroom breaks?
How do my students manage to get so big and grown-up looking in just two and a half months?
How do I help them to love books as much as I do?
Remembering takes time but, in a week or two, I’ll find my groove. For today, I know that I missed these 500 little boogers and this weekend I’m taking it easy.
Back to school reads:
- Dear Chase – A fantastic letter on compassion for kids returning to school. “We don’t send you to school to become the best at anything at all. We already love you as much as we possibly could. You do not have to earn our love or pride and you can’t lose it. That’s done. We send you to school to practice being brave and kind.”
- Teaching kids to pack their own lunches – A system for getting kids in on the lunch-packing action.
- Dear Parents, will you talk to your kids about difference? – On talking to your child about the differences they may encounter when they return to school. “I encourage you to be positive, because there is nothing sad about being different. Differences are a good thing, and kids need to learn empathy and understanding without pity.”