This article, entitled "Back to School Adjustments," comes from Taryn Vanderford, MomsEveryday blogger from Lincoln, NE.
It was a big week. And change can be hard. My son entered middle school.
Jacob is excited to be a 6th grader. He loves his school and the new challenges. I’m happy for him, too. We couldn’t ask for a better learning environment...
I was actually handling the first day pretty well… until we took my daughter to school. She’s a 3rd grader, and made the trip to her elementary school alone for the first time.
“I miss my brother,” Olivia said as we drove her to school.
It was when Olivia walked down the sidewalk alone, when the tears started to well up in my eyes.
And then yesterday, after school, Olivia crawled on my lap and gave me a big hug.
She told me how she would always see Jacob in the hallway and found him after school. He would protect her, and she liked that.
“I know,” I said (trying to evoke the words my mom would probably use). “I miss him, too. But this is your chance to be a big girl. You can do it. And next year, your little cousin will be here, and you’ll need to help her out. She’ll look up to you.”
Life is about change. And parents have to deal with their kids growing up. You have to be positive...for you and for your kids.
Every stage of parenthood is precious. It's great to see the wonderful little people they are becoming each day. And I’ve loved every moment (too bad it goes so fast).
Let me know how the first week of school went for you. How do you deal with your kids getting older?
Taryn Vanderford loves being a mom to her two kids, Jacob and Olivia. Activities with the kids and a full-time job keep Taryn pretty busy, but in her free time she enjoys taking pictures, reading, Jazzercising, gardening, traveling and playing the piano for church.