There are so many blog posts bouncing around in my head at the moment. One about all the solo parenting that is going in in our house, one about the challenge of a ‘spirited’ two year old girl (yes girls are different to boys!). But what is top of my mind today is SCHOOL.
At the start of this year we made the decision (or were forced into the decision) to keep the kids at home for another year. And just like that, in the blink of an eye, the year is drawing to a close and we are preparing to send them off to school. Yes around the time that we decided to keep them home for another year we also put them down for the school we want them to go to, they have space and the kids will be starting there in January.
I am thrilled with the choice of school. It’s so many of the little things that make me feel like we have made the right decision. It’s pretty near by, it is on a farm, so a great environment for the kids, it is Montessori, so suits my ideology on early education. And now as we get closer to the start of the new year the appointments arrived.
First off Chris and I have been invited to a new parent’s evening, where they will give us more information on how the school works and tell us a little more about what to expect once the kids start. That’s happening on Thursday and I am slightly excited to see the school again. Then next week all the new kids (and their parents) are invited to a tea at the school to give the kids a chance to see the environment, meet their teacher and some of their new friends. How sweet is that?
I also started going through the guidelines we were given back when we signed them up and it is just reinforcing for me why I am happy with our choice. You don’t pack snacks for the kids, instead each child takes a couple of packs of healthy crackers and healthy spread at the start of each term and they eat a communal snack sharing the crackers and spread. This means ALL the kids are having a healthy snack and reduces the incidence of fights with the kids about what they get in their lunch box. It also means they kids are learning to make their own snack and building self-care skills.
I just hope the school can keep me feeling so positive about this change in the kids lives as I face down dropping my babies off on the first day of school next year!
So our au pair has been given notice and in just over three weeks she finishes with us. I am not sure how to handle her leaving with the kids. They are already struggling with a resurfacing of separation anxiety with Daddy being away on business so much, now to face telling them that their beloved Jax is not going to be around anymore. Any tips on how to handle this will be most welcome.