Last night as I laid with my daughter in her ‘big girl’ bed, I simply stared at her in amazement. How can this child be the same baby that I had three years ago? Boy, they weren’t kidding when they said, “Kids grow up fast!” I also think of my teenage stepson who I know isn’t necessarily in bed yet, but is gearing up for his 2nd year in high school. Yes, high school. Blows my mind how much he has grown. The boy who used to have a tiny voice with a big heart was now looking back at me with a deep voice and facial hair. Cue the tears…
What surprises me is the mixed emotions I am feeling about the kids going Back To School. I’ve got a case of back to school blues. Dropping my daughter off is not new to me, but some mornings are still tough. She will be going to a new school this year which feels like starting all over.
I think back to the loud noises of Summer, the amazing family trips that we took, and how my daughter ditched her fears of floating in the water to now being able to go under water and jump in all on her own. We made so many great family memories that I will forever cherish.
I know that new memories will be made and my children will continue to grow both physically and emotionally. I guess I am a little sad that this Summer went by so quickly. The Back to School hustle and bustle is approaching. The vacation is over.
Good thing I have Kleenex® to help me clean up my mascara that will be running during the first day of school.
I also know that Back to School means back to germs. Having Kleenex® nearby will help the sniffles that will inevitably happen once school is in session.
Ways to beat the back to school blues
Give yourself a few days to sulk if you are having the blues and then move on. Finish projects you have neglected. Take your younger children to the park. Go get a pedicure for crying out loud. Whatever tickles your fancy and makes you feel good, do it! Staying busy will help the day pass quickly.
Don’t forget to take care of yourself! Consider walking or jogging for at least 30 minutes a day. With endorphins pumping, you can’t help but be in a better mood. You might find you really enjoy your new found ‘me’ time.
Feeling unorganized causes stress which can morph into depression. Stay ahead of the stress by making lunches the night before. Include necessities like Kleenex® to help the sniffles that will inevitably happen once school is in session. Use this weekly calendar printable to help get you organized.
Send special notes in your kid’s backpacks or lunches
Simply showing you are thinking about your child will make your heart feel great. Older kids may not admit they like it, but they have to feel good knowing you made the extra effort to show empathy.
See the big picture, Be Proud
It can be hard to see the big picture when you miss your children like crazy; However, know that they are growing into the productive children you have always dreamed about raising. It’s healthy to let them go so they can soar in their own way. If your children are having a hard time going back to school, calm their nerves by teaching them empathy that can be seen in the Kleenex® video below.
How empathy is the most important back to school supply
I hope that my daughter does not cry, but if she does I will have her friends Dory and Nemo nearby to help wipe her tears and boogies.
Are you suffering from a case of Back to School Blues? What activities do you have planned to keep your mind busy?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.