4 Things I'm No Longer Going To Do as a First Grade Mom

4 Things I'm No Longer Going To Do as a First Grade Mom

School is back in session and this year I've decided to take a different approach to the school year. Admittedly I took my role as a kindergarten mom a bit seriously. And by bit seriously, i mean completely extra. The stress of sending my little one off to be around someone other than me all day, coupled with the Pinterest perfect moms ideas left me feeling like I was failing a bit in the kindergarten mom department. And so I took it upon myself to go the extra, glitter covered, PTA volunteering, bake sale making mile. Much to my detriment.

But this year, I’m not going to do that. Instead, here’s what I’m going to do:

I’m no longer going to wake up every day at 4 AM to get ready.

Seriously, is anyone going to see my carefully applied mascara in the 30 seconds it takes my kid to hop out of the car during morning drop-off? That is a rhetorical question because the answer is no. No one is going to be peering into my tinted windows in an attempt to discern whether or not my socks match my outfit. And if they are, they are likely to be sorely disappointed as there is a real possibility that I am rocking my flip-flops. Even in the dead of winter.

I’m no longer going pack those ultra healthy, non-GMO, organic" pinterest worthy' lunches.

Because let's be honest, did my kid really even appreciate all the time it took to make a smiley face sandwich with natural, fresh ground peanut butter, organic strawberry jam on toasted whole grain bread? And let’s not forget about the Veggie Nugget and Quinoa Frittatas fail.

This year I’ve resolved to pack things in my kids lunch box that I know she will eat, no matter how strange. Pickles, olives, pepperoni, crackers and blueberries may not sound very appetizing to us, but in the mind of a 1st grader, it’s a four-course meal at a 5-star restaurant.

I’m no longer going to baby my kiddo.

Now this is a hard one because I feel as though the news has greatly contributed to my ever growing sense of paranoia. And I know I’m not alone. Turn on the news any day of the week and you’re likely to see an Amber Alert or read an article about some sort of violent occurrence at school. But there comes a point when trying to force your kiddo to live in a bubble has some serious side effects.

Now that I’m the mom of a first grader, I am forcing myself to allow my child to be a bit more independent. Starting with small things, like after-school activities, and *gulp* riding the bus. Now I’m not saying I’m tossing caution into the wind completely kicking my kid out on her own, but I’m recognizing that I can’t hold her hand every moment of the day.

I’m no longer going to sweat the small stuff.

I admit, on more than one occasion, I completely stressed out over minor issues. I vividly remember stressing out one day because I forgot to give my kiddo her jacket… when it was 70 degrees outside. Granted, there was rain in the forecast that day, but looking back, I realize how absolutely ridiculous I must have seemed. Hindsight is hilarious.

So that’s my list of things I’ve resolved not to do this school year. What are some things you’re going to do differently this year?

Until next time,

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