The first year

The three scariest words you can say to a kid in August… “School’s starting back!”

As a teacher, I know first hand how it feels at the culmination of your summer and being reluctant to start of a new school year, though it’s been many years since I’ve been the one in the student’s desk. This year was a whole new experience for me, though as I dropped my baby off at “big boy school” for the first time. I refrained from crying as so many other parents do but I sure did fret all day. My little man gives me many reasons to worry…

  1. What’s he going to say? Or should I say what else is he going to say?

As my boyfriend and I began to walk away from his kindergarten classroom door, we heard Lee telling his teacher that he “steals” change from James. I had to quickly turn around and explain that we know Lee likes to sneak change out of James’ truck. Little man calls it “stealing,” and no matter how many times we explain the difference, he still tells people that he “steals” change from Mommy’s boyfriend.

  1. Is he behaving himself?

As the mother of a hyperactive child, my first worry was if he was staying calm, quiet, and focused. I knew early on as a toddler that Lee was going to be hyperactive like his father and I both were as children. I was hoping he would be more like me – behave at school and go wild at home later. But that just hasn’t been the case. I’m not ashamed to say that after the obvious concerns in Pre-K, I took Lee to see a children’s psychiatrist to verify he has ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder) and started trying methods to help him get the most out of his educational experience. Medicine was the solution, though we’re still tweaking it as needed.

  1. Is he eating?

Lee is such a picky eater! To add to that problem, the one side effect from his ADHD medicine is a loss of appetite. (Wish I had that problem!) I’ve tried sending food but he’ll only eat what he wants and not necessarily the most nutritious food.

  1. Is he making friends?

We’ve had a few homework assignments already that includes telling me about his new friends. I don’t know if Lee has memory issues like me or if it’s just his ADHD but he can’t recall names at all. He has only one boy he mentions as a friend so my hope is he just doesn’t know all their names yet.

Thank goodness for Lee having an excellent kindergarten teacher and assistant who have kept me informed as he progresses each day. My little man can be hilarious sometimes. He asked a couple days ago if he could take some medicine to keep him from talking – i.e. he’s still talking too much in class.

Now that he’s getting adjusted to the school day – for the most part – it’s time for me to worry over getting homework done and making sure he learns to appreciate the education he is getting. What a job! I take it one day at a time. Kids aren’t the only ones who have a big change in schedule when school starts back… good parents have to learn to juggle family time, school assignments, and work starting each August. Good luck to all of you. You’re all in my prayers.