Counting down the days until school starts. Lil’Miss will be in Kindergarten and Bean will be in the developmental preschool program at the same elementary school. Summer has been fun, but let’s just say, momma needs a break from her two oldest. Some days they challenge me to my wits end!
It takes a village to raise a child. A saying that I have taken to heart since I have begun to have children. Perhaps it is my inner hippie coming through, but I am sure it is the nature of my children that I sometimes frantically call on the village for help. I can not do it alone.
Sweet wonderful children, but not your average littles.
Church for example… I look around the congregation and see kids quietly sitting with their families, sometimes there are some kids who are wiggly or toddlers squaking but they at least have breaks of quiet sitting. We attempt to sit quietly in church Lil’Miss is shouting out crazy things she observes and loudly asking questions like why the lady behind us has three chins… and Bean is either climbing over and under the chapel pews or perhaps wandering/jogging up or down the isles. Needless to say we stick out a bit.
Thank goodness there has been improvement and growth. Lil’Miss used to be a screamer. She used to scream a lot. Now that she is older she does a much better job at expressing her frustrations or sensitivities with words. Her first three years of life were VERY challenging. Her outbursts may or may not have contributed to hearing loss I experience now.
Bean also has his challenges but we have also seen a ton of growth. At 3 ½ years old he has just begun to really talk. He now is now a little bit less climber-ish and is learning how to understand directions and request of others. I am grateful for his growth but each day is challenging.
How to put it to words….?
Lil’Miss: Obsessive compulsive, impulsive, hyperactive, helper, friendly, distracted, sweet, passionate, compassionate, ….
Bean: Runner, climber, hugger, noise clicker, sweet, caring, loving, active, busy, mover.
Back to village children…. So many times I come to church or family activities I and am just ready to crash due to trying to keep up with my active kids. Often the exhaustion
Cousins to play with, helpers at church so I can get a couple hour break, grandparents to babysit and school to send them off to.
With school starting around the corner I do feel that brief moment of sadness sending my little kids off to the big school with maybe a few tears. But with the help of our village, my kids get enriched learning and I get a few hours of sanity.
So a shout out to my village people… Thank you, I need you, the hubs needs you, and even more importantly the kids need you!
Happily sending my kids off to school next week!
How is/was it sending your kids off to school for the first time??