When I tend to post these “Mom Truth Mondays” it seems as though it’s something that hard to navigate, or makes me question myself as a mother. Let’s be real: parenting is hard. And doing it as a single mom of two is even harder (shout out to my community and Mom Squad).
But let’s just spice it up and add navigating a brand new school and all the chaos that ensues. Jadyn is now in kindergarten, which is crazy since I started this blog while she was still in the womb. With a new school comes new routines, friends, rules and a change in environment. Going from a private school environment with a 6:1 student/teacher ratio to 23:1 ratio is a definite adjustment.
And not just for the kids.
As a parent, this is just as significant a transition as anything for our littles. Gone are the days of chatting with the teacher at pickup to see how Jadyn handled the day. Gone are the days of individualized attention and correspondences on a weekly, if not daily, basis. Gone are the days of a small-group setting. In are the days of meeting new parents and mucking through the chaos together. In are the days of establishing and encouraging such independence that it makes you happy-cry.
But in are the days of new influences and habits you didn’t see coming. And in are the days of reminding your almost six-year-old to speak up and use her voice if someone is doing or saying something inappropriate or that she doesn’t like.
It’s hard. All of it. But it’s also really cool. I’m grateful for the new friends Jadyn is making in her class, and also grateful for the core group from preschool that are also attending her school. And I’m also grateful for adding to my Mom Squad and embracing new experiences with a new set of “cool moms.”