Big things are happening in our home over the next two weeks. For starters, Ryder turned 6 yesterday, and pretty soon, he will be entering 1st grade. First grade to me is such a huge deal. He’s not a baby anymore, and now, this is real school. I thought the start of kindergarden made me an emotional mess, but as the years progress, he is growing and maturing more rapidly than I anticipated. He will be getting homework this year, and I know things will be more challenging for him.
Siella will be attending a three year old program at a nearby pre school. She was a student in this program last year, but this round will run longer hours, for more days. I don’t think this change will effect her all that much, but I am certain that the extended days will tire her out. This comes in addition to her existing ballet classes, and new swim classes.
Over the past few weeks, I have encouraged them to get excited about going back to school. I just received their new lunch boxes and backpacks,which feature their favorite characters, along with fun school supplies, that are a far cry from your typical marble notebooks of the past. It’s all about keeping it fun for them. Next up on the preparation list was shopping for clothes and shoes. You know me, I am a shopper, so this was the fun part. Both with their own sense of style, Ryder and Siella know exactly what they like the minute they spot it.
One store on my list this year to shop for back to school was JCPenney. They are always stocked with fun graphic tees, skinny jeans, and cool kicks for all my kids. JCP also carries one of my fav brands, Vans, so it was a no brainer picking out cool duds for them. When he’s getting ready in the mornings, Ryder’s ideal outfit is a pair of skinny jeans, graphic tee, and easy slip in shoes. Siella usually chooses a dress of some sort, or anything that screams girly girl. While shopping at JCPenney, I let them do their own thing, allowing them to pick out what they liked without intervening too much. We came home with great options, and the closets are well stocked for the next few months with fall and winter gear.
With each year I am learning as a parent how to prepare them, us, and our household for the next phase of our lives. Getting them excited about back to school is key. As much as I do not want these summer months to end, I am looking forward to getting our schedules back, seeing them blossom and flourish as a first grader and pre-schooler. It goes without saying that we are more ready for this school year than years past, and I cannot wait to watch the start of these new chapters in their lives.