It's back to school for many this week but for me (and many other mums), it’s the start of a whole new chapter as my baby boy transitions from nursery to his first day at school, which also means I become a School Mama for the first time! (Any tips from seasoned school mums welcome in the comments below!)
The rational side of me knows that my son is ready for school (in fact I think he has been for a little while!) and I also know he's going to enjoy it. He'll be with some of his old nursery friends and he's excited about Forest School and new toys and playgrounds etc to explore. I'm excited for him too...I just can't help feeling a little daunted (and perhaps slightly overwhelmed!) let alone comprehend where the last few years have gone, with him growing from my little baby to a toddler to a schoolboy - I know it's a cliche but the years really have flown by!
In some ways I am looking forward to my new-found freedom and more time to crack on with my ever-growing To Do list and business plans but in slightly more wistful moments I know I'll miss my Mummy Days with him (ok so I know I'm being a little sentimental here and honestly I have found some of these days my hardest ever in motherhood when I have both children all day and for whatever reason don't see another adult!)
I recently asked in my Facebook Group for some top tips from mums who had previously been through this monumental stepping stone into grown up life, so if you're a first time School Mama this year too, and feeling a little anxious, below are the Top 10 Tips I received. Most of all though I want you to know, that you are not alone and good luck (to you and your little one!) - we can, and will get through this and wonder what all the worry was about!
1. If you know any of the other Mums, arrange a coffee after drop-off so you can shed a little tear together (if you need to)!
2. Focus on the positive things, like being really proud in their "big school" uniform or talk about one of the activities you know they will enjoy at school or get them involved in choosing a favourite snack for after school.
3. It's probably more daunting for you than your child! Focus on smiling at everyone as the people you meet will be your friends for a while! These girls will be your new besties to be there for you when your late for pick up or to call upon for play dates in the holidays, or to text when you don't know if they need their PE kit tomorrow (and when you can't find it anywhere/isn't clean, they will have a spare!) These are the women who will have your back to survive the next 6-7years! Take care of them.
4. Don't plan too much after school as they are knackered!!
5. Wear something that makes you feel good and projects a positive mood. Add some colour, your favourite item of clothing or a piece of jewellery - whatever you need to feel fabulous.
(It's also a great excuse to buy something new to mark the occasion - check out our range of gorgeous Halia Rose jewellery to help you feel amazing and also mark this special time)
6. You know your child best so find a way to help ease their nerves - it will help ease yours too!
7. If you can, book yourself into a spa for a massage or some Mama me-time as you'll need it!
8. Hopefully your little one isn't too worried about it but if they are, you could draw a little heart on their arm so they could touch it during their day and know that you are thinking about them!
9. Take tissues! You may think you are big and strong but the tears will come and you wont be able to stop them.
10. Make sure you are ready the night before e.g. put shoes by the front door and make sure their bag is packed - it'll save you the stress the next morning!
One of the other things that was recommended to me was having a little present ready for the end of their first week of school, which i think is a lovely idea. I have had several customers buy our Little Stars and Little Rainbows necklaces in readiness for this very occasion!
Good luck everyone - see you on the other side! x