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.
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.
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.
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.