Here we are in the last week of summer. The last summer my son will be a seven-year-old as he approaches birthday number eight in September and will be starting school next week.
I am experiencing highs and lows. I would be lying if I said I was not eager to regain my daily freedom and that I do not enjoy structure and routine the school year brings to our home. Early bedtimes, early rising, and knowing my child is in good hands and learning all the things to prepare him for life.
But I see and hear him voicing insecurity and thoughts of the unknown.
Will his teacher be a good match for his wildly curious, easily bored, silly, and vocal personality?
Will he make new friends?
All the “what if’s” and “what nots” we have all experienced as children and in adulthood.
We are preparing to attend the back-to-school bash tomorrow night where he will find out who his second grade teacher will be and meet new classmates— and reconnect with the old friends and teachers from school. An exciting time of nervous butterflies that will couple with realizing it’s not all that scary…. I am reminding myself.
He’s growing up.
He’s got this.
He’s a good kid.
He’s a smart boy.
He’s friendly and outgoing.
He’s my awesome boy.
So if you are like me and worry over your children and want to watch them succeed and have a place in the world, set your mind at ease.
You’ve got this.
But while other parents are preparing their kids already with routines and early lights out, we will be enjoying the last moments of summer.
Holding onto the fun and whimsy.
Leaving a sparkling trail of memories behind us.
– Alison Paul Klakowicz
Author of Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck
Alison Paul Klakowicz is an Eastern North Carolina native, children’s book author, blogger, podcaster and creative writer. She is a military spouse who resides in Fayetteville, NC with her husband, Adam, and son, Mak.