After 13 years as a student, and another 13 as a public school teacher, you'd think I'd be used to this whole "back to school" thing. Now that I'm a mom, though, the first day of school is a different ball of crayon wax. As a parent, you have to worry about everything from paperwork and lunches to bus runs and bullying. Thankfully, I have amazing resources at hand. I tapped the wisdom of my former colleagues and mentors to find out what parents should and shouldn't worry about on the first day of school.
I'm a preschool mom. My daughter started last year, but I wasn't allowed to enroll her until she was 18-months-old, so her first day was in November. My partner and I were able to ease her in to a classroom with well-established routines. Next week, she'll have her first official first day of school. She's lucky enough to have the same amazing teachers, but her beloved classmates (whose names she recites before bed) will have moved on to the next classroom. We're also increasing her time in school from two to three days a week. It's kind of a lot for an already anxious mama.
At times like these, we need to look to the experts: teachers. As a former teacher myself, I know that educators love children and know what they're doing. Sometimes I just need to be reminded, and maybe you do, too: