Living with small children poses many new and interesting challenges. When you are doing it the second time around, it’s really quite fascinating to go through discovery again and again. I will make this brief.
Today, is the start of the new school year for our littlest one: she’s going into first grade. She was amazingly excited about going. The first day had the benefit of a later-than-usual start, but new schooler was up nice and early, after weeks of having a long sleep in. Her body clock was clearly well set, and that is in a child who has no notion of time. That kind of anticipation is great for a parent, because it shows that school is seen as a good place to go, and learning (at least as it’s done by small children) is still seen as fun. Of course, there are the new clothes (in the US, we do not have to deal with uniforms); the new back pack; the reading list; the new pencils; new glasses (never had before and a good thing we had our eyes checked last week); new friends and new teachers. Whoopeee!
But, life will have lots of new things to do: ballet and violin classes will soon be scheduled, and football/soccer practices and games will get fitted in. Every day is really a fresh beginning, and I now accept that every hour can be the same. “Daddy, is it still morning?” I was asked at about 6pm last night. “How can it still be morning if we had breakfast, lunch, and are now about to eat supper? You played for a long time and read and had your hair done, and watched some TV? Does it really still seem that we are in the morning?” I asked. Of course, for her, it did. Case closed. Time moves when and if you want it to. Cool.
On NPR, while negotiating the rush hour traffic, we heard a report about the benefit of good sleep for children and adults. We already knew that good sleep at night rejuvenates and restores, but it was timely for it to be reported again. I’m a believer in afternoon naps, if possible, but research shows that night-time rest is much better. Our child gets 10 hours of sleep regularly at nights; we often get 8. So, we have a good basis for learning and doing the things we need to. Excitement usually cuts into sleep, but we had all slept throughout the night till well after dawn.
So, day one had begun well. As lunch time approaches, I know that new schooler will soon be home with stories of how things had gone. Now, I am quite excited. I had forgotten how much fun it was to go to school 🙂