Hi friends! For many of you yesterday was probably back-to-school for your kiddos. Not for us, we've been at it for two weeks, already had Back to School Night, and had to miss two days of school last week because Little Miss S had a cold.
If you've been reading here for any length of time you know my precious little girl likes to dress fancy, but sometimes she plays like a boy, which is totally fine. The problemo is she only likes to wear dresses while performing acts like the one pictured above. She is not modest or graceful at this point. Little Miss S is also a little heater and doesn't like to be hot, so leggings are out at the moment. When we are together I remind her to sit like a lady and to have manners but there's a big chunk of time when we're not together. Plus she's a kid. She should play freely. If she'd wear shorts we wouldn't even be having this little discussion right now.
The phrase criss-cross-applesauce makes me cringe.
Until I found these! Target, Gap, are you listening? Why doesn't anyone else sell these? These are more than boyshort underwear and less than a bike short. Genius. If your little girl likes to dress like a lady and act like a monkey, you'll probably like these. I just had to share. I've been in this situation for quite a while, so I was very happy to find these.
Besides her getting a cold and me having pick-up anxiety (major parking lot issues), the transition to kindergarten has been smooth as can be. I was shocked, still am a little. The little girl who cried at drop-off so many times at preschool last year, hopped in line in her new class like she's belonged there for years, gave me a "bye mom", and has been having the best time ever since. I agonized over what to do about her and where to send her to kindergarten and now she's seamlessly moved into a new school, a huge school, with high expectations and what I think is very rigorous curriculum, she seems to be thriving. She's in a large class and I think because of that it is extremely structured, with very defined expectations. There is no grey area and I think she, and many other children, needs that. They need to know what to expect and if things are too loosey-goosey, it can give some kids anxiety. I'm so glad I tuned out the chatter, you know the chatter, we all do it and we all hear it, public school, private school, faith based school, charter, home school, half day, full day, AM, PM, etc. It's enough to drive you crazy! I spent a ton of time second guessing myself, even after kindergarten orientation I wasn't sure. I was freaking out on kindergarten eve, ready to call up her old preschool to see if they could squeeze her into their kindergarten class, but I didn't. I gave the school a chance and so far, so good. I signed up for two volunteer positions in her class and I'm so excited about it. I get to help out every Thursday for an hour and a half and I signed up to be one of two class historians. The class historians take pictures at special events throughout the year, right up my alley since I love to work on my photog skills.
On my daughter's first day of school she came home with this poem and I loved it. I think her teacher wrote it, but I'm not sure. Aside from teaching, can you ask any more from a teacher than having them love your child like their own?
The First Day of School
I gave you a little wink and a smile
As you entered my room today.
For I know how hard it is to leave
And know your child must stay.
You've been with her for five years now
And have been a loving guide,
But, now, alas, the time has come
To leave her at my side.
Just know as you drive away
And tears down your cheek may flow
I'll love her as I would my own
And help her learn and grow.
So please put your mind at ease
And cry those tears no more
For I will love her and take her in
When you leave her at the door.
Happy back to school!