Thoughts on Back to School Night

Well we made it through the first month of being back to school and most likely attended back to school night to meet our children?s teachers. Did you go?? Are you excited about the year ahead? I am, and I hope that you are as well. Back to school night is always a challenge because they ask you not to bring your children to the classrooms with you. However, like most families one parent is still working and unable to attend. That was the situation in our house and it doesn?t make it very easy.

I feel back to school night is one of the most important events you as a fitness mama will attend. It is where you will meet your child?s teacher, see the classroom they are in, get to sit at your child?s desk, and also hear what is expected of them for the year. If you want to you can even leave a little note to your child to let them know how proud you are of them. I started off with going to my youngest son?s classroom first, he is in pre-school. I asked my oldest son who is 10 if he could watch his two brothers on the playground while I went for about a ? hour. Luckily that worked out, because I really didn?t want to pay the Y.M.C.A. $ 8.00 per child to do watch them. That?s one nice thing about having an older child. Although I was only a short distance away from them and there were other kids near by, I felt grateful that I am finally able to add a little more responsibility to my oldest son Mathias. My friend was also out there with her little one, however Mathias thought that it was really great that I asked him to help me and it made him feel so proud of himself. He was glad to help and knew mom needed him to step up. It was nice to go to Micah?s classroom my little preschooler and see how cute his classroom was. He is going to have such a fun year and I know he will be ready for kindergarten next year. His teacher is wonderful and we are so blessed to have her as Micah?s teacher. The pictures he made were on the wall and his little projects were so sweet.

I was able to take the boys home to their dad before I had to hit the next two classrooms, and then I was off to my son Meric?s third grade classroom. It was great to see his classroom and we are really excited because he has the same teacher that his older brother Mathias had when he was in third grade, he even has the same number that was assigned to Mathias as well. It is going to be a great year for him ?and we are truly blessed for his teacher too, she is wonderful.

Lastly, I was off to my son Mathias fifth grade classroom. Wow fifth grade, suddenly I felt OLD! As I sat at my son?s desk and looked around I got a little teary eyed, because I realized that next year he is off to Jr. High and he is growing up way to fast. I listened to his teacher who by the way is a male. Only I have to honestly say that I just had to sit and take in the moment because I couldn?t believe how quick it all goes. My son is in GATE (Gifted and Talented) this year and I couldn?t help but feel so proud of him. He loves is teacher and his school. I took in the evening as a very proud mother, with thinking that it?s not only going to be a great year, but my husband and I ?have truly been ?blessed ?to have three beautiful boys that get to go to a great school and have amazing teachers. ?It will be the last year for my son Mathias and then there will only be two at the school next year. But that?s ok because for this year life is good and I am grateful.

Little did I know that back to school night would be more that going from classroom to classroom, it was the realization that this thing called parenting is the most important job we have as parent. If you didn?t go to back to school night because you just couldn?t swing it, try to go next year, it could be one on the most rewarding things you could do for you and your child all year long.

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