Back to school

It’s the first week of September and anyone and everyone with school age kids will have been planning, organising and buying school kit. Sorry for anyone who left the shoe buying to the last minute. There was a queue out of the door in one of our local kiddie shoe shops! OMG!

The part that I find the most amusing is the countdown to sanity. It’s wonderful having the kids at home over the summer, it really is, but as any WoMo will know, the childcare/coordination gets more complicated. If you are kids are at school, you have the LONG summer challenge of who looks after them during the day, if they are older, you wonder what they are getting up to during the day and for the little ones, you may have them in a nursery or with a childminder who takes a summer break.

Either way, as the first week of September comes around, if we are REALLY honest we breathe a sigh of relief. No longer as the kids under your feet, an getting them dressed is easy (if they are wearing a uniform!). Ok, we need to get up a bit earlier, potentially make a packed lunch and get everyone out of the door, but somehow this feels easier and the sense of routine is almost soothing to the flow of the week.

For anyone with kids in two different schools where the holidays fail to line up, I hear you but there is a silver lining. If you have more than one child, you will know how hard it can be to get 1:1 time, so if you can make it happen, take a morning off work and get your love-bomb 1:1 time going with the child at home.

The final thought I am left with as my youngest goes back to school is he is another year older. I am thrilled he is starting nursery in ‘big-school’, he is ready, but equally my baby is growing up. I think that’s what made me cry today! How are all my kids at school 5 days a week?

I realise it is an enormous cliché, but where does the time go? I’ll try and cherish his quirky little words and snuggly kisses just that little bit more when I collect him later.