• Well wishes for my kids as they start the new school year

    well wishes kids start new school year

    As the new school year dawns upon us, these are my back to school wishes for my kids

    With my daughters being on vacation for over 6 weeks as their school closed the end of November; I must say it is high time that the 2018 academic year commences.  Yip I am one of those moms who are super happy that school is starting.

    My kids are older so it is not as if they are starting school for the first time. Gone are the days of having mixed emotions and teary eyes.

    I literally have been counting the days from New Year ’s Day. So roll on Wednesday.

    I am not being selfish. On the contrary, I loved spending quality time with my children.  But over 6 weeks was way too long. Trust me when I say, having them at home for so long makes a hole in your pocket. Not to mention the moaning and regular bouts of sibling arguments that we had to endure.

    Honestly, as a working mom I just want to get back to our normal routine and early bedtime.  Make no mistake, I am well aware of the elements that comes with back to school. So I am not looking forward to covering books, homework and the morning school run.

    While Lea is very excited for school to start and to settle into her new grade, Mika on the other hand does not share that same enthusiasm. She’s not so keen on the new transition that comes with back to school, which means a new grade, new teacher and probably being split from her friends as they will not be in the same class.

    Things that I wish for my kids as they head back to school

    1. Be yourself

    My wish is that you don’t emulate others from how they look to their behaviour. You are unique and different in your own way. Just be yourself and don’t succumb to peer pressure.

    2. Believe in yourself

    Believe that you are capable of achieving so many great things. Don’t be afraid to try new things, take up the challenge and believe that you can do it.

    3. Be enthusiastic to learn

    Wake up every morning and be excited to learn and grow. Work hard and do your best.

    4. Be Respectful

    Respect the school rules, your teachers, other staff, fellow learners and school property.

    5. Manners

    We have always tried to instill good manners so don’t forget it. Be polite and kind. Greet when you enter the school grounds, say please and thank you. Wait your turn and don’t jump the line. Raise your hand and once your teacher or anyone else acknowledges you, speak.

    6. Be a good learner

    Listen, pay attention and follow instruction. Do not be noisy in class by disturbing others and focus on your own work.

    7. Participate

    My wish is that you participate in class activities by being a team player and contribute by sharing your ideas no matter how small. Participate in sporting and cultural activities.

    8. Accept others

    There will be children who are different, have difficulties or disabilities. My wish is that you will be accepting of them and their differences. Reach out to those learners by making them feel included.

    9. Make new friends

    Although you have friends, be open to making new ones. Especially those who are new to the school and find it difficult to adapt.

    10. Take pride in your work

    Deliver quality work and take pride in everything you do. Be prepared, do your homework, write neatly, don’t hand in unfinished work and keep your desk tidy. Your work defines who you are.

    11. Take responsibility

    My wish is that you will take responsibility for your actions, school uniform, stationery, books, equipment and bags. Look after it as replacing those items after it is lost, cost a lot of money.

    12. Be punctual

    Although I drop you off at school and we are generally on time, be punctual when you enter the class after break times, when you go for choir practice, gym and sports practice.

    13. Failure

    There may be times when you make mistakes or fail, don’t give up but persevere and you will succeed.

    14. Don’t be afraid to ask

    If you don’t understand, ask your teacher to explain. Not everyone grasps it the first, second or third time.

    15. Remember to eat and drink

    I know that you are super excited when it is break time, and with all the running about don’t forget to eat your lunch and stay hydrated. To be able to concentrate you need to refuel.

    16. Stay safe

    Play safely and don’t run up and down stairs and corridors. Don’t sit alone in an empty classroom and don’t wonder off. Play where other children play. If you are not comfortable with certain behavior that others display, inform your teacher. Report bullying and don’t bully others.

    17. Know that we are here

    My promise to you is that, both dad and I are here to support you both. We love you both and will continue to be your biggest supporters through your achievements and your struggles. We are always there to listen, give advice and assist. Sharing in your joys and fears. Know that you are not alone.

    18. Have fun

    Lastly, although school is a place where you learn and grow don’t forget to have fun and enjoy.



    1. January 16, 2018 / 9:10 am

      Sweet post. Believe me, I also think six weeks is so long, for a holiday 🙂

      • Noleen Miller
        January 16, 2018 / 10:43 am

        Way too long – it drove me insane. Luckily it is back to normal from tomorrow.

    2. January 16, 2018 / 4:05 pm

      Such a wonderful post. Tomorrow my little one starts Grade 1 and this is exactly waht I want her to hear as well. #sabloggerscafe

      • Noleen Miller
        January 17, 2018 / 10:01 am

        Thanks. Good luck and hope the transition to big school went well.#sabloggerscafe

    3. Momoftwolittlegirls
      January 16, 2018 / 5:04 pm

      Great list. That is surely what ever parent wants for their children. X

      • Noleen Miller
        January 17, 2018 / 10:04 am


    4. January 18, 2018 / 11:38 pm

      Wise words for your children, I hope they read it. We pretty much try all of these too. Mainly I hope my children always feel they can talk to us about anything.

    5. January 20, 2018 / 11:30 am

      I love that you have your six week break over the Christmas period. Our school year starts in September so our 6 week holiday is over our summer time. It’s great- but as you say – 6 weeks would be better broken up through the year in my opinion as it’s such a long spell. I love the values you’re encouraging with your children as opposed to purely academic goals. Brilliant post! Thanks for linking to #DreamTeam x

      • Noleen Miller
        January 20, 2018 / 9:00 pm

        Thanks. Well December/Christmas period is our summer break of 6 weeks. Then in June/Winter break the schools close for 3 weeks. It’s just that 6 weeks can be way too long for the kiddos and even more the parents that need to entertain them. Although there is way more to do with them in summer than in winter – it somehow has a financial and tiring effect.#Dreamteam

    6. January 21, 2018 / 2:58 pm

      A great list, I always struggled at school to participate because I was scared of being wrong, so I think my biggest lesson I want to teach my daughter is that it’s okay to be wrong. We have to fail to move forward. Thanks for linking up to #fortheloveofBLOG

      • Noleen Miller
        January 22, 2018 / 1:17 pm

        That is so true but sometimes our kids surprise us. Thanks for reading my post.#fortheloveofBLOG

    7. January 22, 2018 / 11:39 pm

      Yes this! School is such a big part of their lives and a great place to learn life lessons, but it’s not the be-all-and-end-all either. I love that your list addresses both sides #blogcrush

    8. January 23, 2018 / 11:43 pm

      Hope they get on ok back at school. I personally think 6 weeks is too long too, we find by the end of it we’re all craving our school routine. Thanks for linking up #TwinklyTuesday x

      • Noleen Miller
        January 25, 2018 / 8:48 am

        They in their second week back at school and all is going well. Back to our normal routine thank goodness.#TwinklyTuesday

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