Tips from a former elementary teacher for moms and dads that are picking up those little ones from school....
1. First and foremost, smile at them when you see them. I know your days aren’t always perfect, but let them know you’re happy to see them. I can’t tell you the amount of times that kids are picked up that their parents or guardians never look over and smile. Let that first look from you be one that welcomes them because more than likely your smile is the only one they care for right now.
2. Please, please, please do not let the first thing out of your mouth be “What color did you get on?” Or “Did you have to move your pin today?”. There are so many more important things to ask than that. Ask what made them laugh, or did you make a new friend, or what did you learn?
3. Understand that, especially on these first few days, they are exhausted...mentally and physically. Their worlds have been rocked. They have new expectations from a new teacher...expectations they probably do not have at home. Have grace. They will need it.
4. They’re probably starving. Have a little snack waiting on them. Sometimes kids eat as early as 10:50 for lunch....and unless the school provides a snack, or you’ve sent one for them, they may not have eaten since then.
5. Even though they’re tired, they have a lot of bottled up energy! They’ve been asked to sit and get quiet off and on for 8 hours. They need to be able to talk and fidget and just be kids! Let them!
Remember these days will not last. Pretty soon they’ll be grown and you won’t have these moments. Find joy in the journey.
Edited to say: Feel free to like and share. The better we treat our babies, the better our future will be.
(via Aubree Paige)
found @ 400 likes ON 2019-08-27 14:53:55 BY ME.ME