We are at that point. The school supply list has been fulfilled and a week or two of school is done. If not, it will be done shortly. It got me thinking about the other ways in which I would like to be prepared for the school. I am thinking of this as a different type of school supply list. It is really one about emotional reserves and the essence of parenting and supporting a school aged child.
May the kids have sharpened pencils, instead of sharp words in the morning or in the evening, at homework and dinner time. With their folders, may we enfold them in enough hugs on a daily basis. With their lunch boxes, may they be nourished by the time we have as a family and the time they have with their extended family and friends. Along with their books for school, may they have a great book that they picked and love reading.
May Math be fun and not dreaded. May someone explain it to them well so it is so. In their new school shoes, may they know they never walk alone and know that there aren’t any mountains too steep to climb. On their long bus ride or walk to school, may they know they are fortunate to have the privilege of going to school, and that not all children in the world have the same privileges. Alongside their notes from class, may there be affirming notes from us.
May each requirement that they are facing under Common Core, be met with equal parts courage, resiliency, and understanding. May they know when these supplies feel or truly are in short supply, there are some other loving and caring adults in their lives that are also there for them, they are called teachers and school administrators.
May their dreams never be in short supply. If assignments are missing or certain requirements are not met, may we make sure it is not something missing on our part or behalf. When they are scared, feeling down, or overwhelmed, may it met be with a large supply of love and a healthy dose of laughter. This school year, may both of their school supply lists not be in short supply….