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Kindergarten Anxiety

It’s that time of year! The new year school is here, new book bags, new folders, pencils, uniforms, Yay Nooooo……and BAM…..It hits me! I am so excited about my baby Taylor going to kindergarten and all of a sudden I have the feeling that I’m not ready…..she’s ready….but I’m not. Deep down I know there is no turning back, she will always be my baby, but not A baby. There is something about starting elementary school that seems like the beginning of forever, after all she will spend the next 19 years or so in school learning, meeting new people, growing, and being influenced.

If you are like me and are experiencing “Kindergarten or First Day of School Anxiety” imagine how our kids feel? Here are a few tips with coping with the First day Jitters.

1. Find a cool book about starting school or Kindergarten. Kid’s love to read about other kids adventures and the associations can also help. (Check out Countdown to Kindergarten, Keisha Ann Can, and Mouse’s first day of school)

2. Put a smile on your face 🙂 Don’t let them see you sweat about leaving them on the first day or week for some kids.

3. Don’t linger too long. Give them an opportunity to say their good byes and have faith in the teacher to distract and comfort them.

4. Start the back to school routine before school starts, it’s tough to jump back into that schedule after a long & fun summer.

As scary as it is for me, I know that through these experiences her life will be shaped, she will meet some great new friends, and learn a whole lot that will carry her through the next 19 years of education.

You need your BFF

Yesterday, I was reading through Parenting Magazine and came across a really cool article called “Friendship CPR”. In the article it stressed the importance of social interaction with friends and tips in which I will share through this post.

“I think if I’ve learned anything about friendship, it’s to hang in, stay connected, fight for them, and let them fight for you. Don’t walk away, don’t be distracted, don’t be too busy or tired, don’t take them for granted. Friends are part of the glue that holds life and faith together. Powerful stuff.”
Jon Katz

Oh yeah, Friends are pretty doggone important. How many of us (me included) have done these things:

Not seen your friends for months at a time?
Haven’t spoke to your friend in over a month?
When you speak to or hang out with your friends you spend the first hour catching up, because you haven’t talked in so long?

I’m so guilty of this! With family, kids, career…..LIFE alone….can get soooo crazy that the first people we put on the back burner are our friends. Some of us before we had all of the above we had a hard time making time for our friends. Just as we have to maintain relationships with our spouses, relationships with our friends have to also be given the necessary attention otherwise the relationship grows further and further apart. Now…..there are situations where certain friendships grow apart and head in different directions, and you just aren’t on the same page anymore, but that’s a different post 🙂

The Article “Friendship CPR” gave a few tips for making time for your friends:

-Run errands together, since you have to get them done anyway, why not spend your grocery shopping time with a friend?

-Take a fun class together (my girls and I have already discussed doing this)

-Can’t get to your friends? Skype or Instant Message them (we do this daily, it really works, check out WhatsApp for iPhone/Blackberry, the groupchat feature is fab)

A few Haute Mommi tips:

-Start a tradition with your friends and stick to them (i.e. Monthly breakfast or dinners, game or family nights, potlucks)

-Share your dreams with your friends and watch out for the opportunities that you can create together

-Do good with your friends, find a local charity and you can volunteer together

You need your husband/wife, kids, job, parents, siblings, but you also need your FRIENDS.