My daughters start school next week! It might just be that I’m a sucker for new beginnings. To me, every new school year is a new opportunity, a chance to start over. Everything is new and fresh! New classrooms, new binders, new highlighters! I don’t know about you guys, but I love fresh starts, a new season, new month, new week, new day! No matter how terrific or rough last year was, it is over, you have a new chance!
I always loved new school years when I was a preschool director and a teacher. New children, new families, new bulletin boards….don’t even get me started on the bulletin boards, those took hours to assemble and as much planning time as a Royal Wedding!
But, whether you’re a student, parent, director or preschool teacher (and if you’re extra special sometimes you are a combination of these) while exciting, a new school year can also be a tad overwhelming. A new school year often comes with is high expectations, feeling like we need to be perfect, to not mess up. We don’t want to make any mistakes that could ruin our “perfect year.” If you’re a parent you must pack the best lunches….I start off doing this, then somewhere between October and November I end up packing leftover breakfast waffles, chips and fortune cookies. If you’re a director, you feel pressure to please every parent, teacher and child. You are working crazy hours and hoping that no one has noticed the cot behind your desk because you’ve realized, “it’s just easier to live here, then to commute!” If you’re a teacher, you want your room to be the best, the kids to be engaged and to have zero parent complaints. Which yes, that would be awesome but how are you going to pull that off while also labeling every piece of equipment in your room? No matter which role we are in, we are going to make mistakes. Things are sometimes going to feel overwhelming and messy. I don’t know about you guys, but I make mistakes and I’m not always graceful. When I dropped my son off at kindergarten, trying not to cry as I left the classroom, I stepped into metal trash can that I proceeded to drag out of the room with me but hey, I didn’t cry in front of him! I don’t always have the best day ever, so reminding myself to reset, and start over after a rough day is important.