Thursday, September 17, 2015

Mainstream, Transitions and Back To School

'Tis the season for back-to-school mania.  New routines, new teachers, new classmates, new schedules, new everything. 

This year Lucy started middle school, Wade started kindergarten, JT is in the fourth grade and Peyton is in the eighth. And I started the new school year as a preschool assistant teacher. Ahhhhhhh.

It's been almost two weeks now since the first day of school.....and there have been complaints and excitement and one kid that wishes he could live in his classroom (Wade) and one kid that wishes he never had to go to another day of school ever (JT) and another kid who likes everything about school except how early it is (Lucy). There has been one really big fight over homework and even a black eye (it was actually mine from an aggressive hugger in preschool who jumped into my arms and smacked her head on my face, nothing to do with homework, just a whole lot of love).  

It's an interesting challenge to cheer on the kids that are loving every single bit of school and still be there and support and uplift the kids that want nothing to do with it.  Because seriously, I get it all.  And I want to honor how each of them feels, especially because new stuff is harder for some of us.

I have no answers except I just keep trying and keep supporting and keep loving and keep accepting that every kid, every one of us, has their own path and I keep parenting and keep searching and keep fighting the good fight.

This is my jam right now, "Mainstream Kid" by Brandi Carlile. I LOVE it. I'm feeling all this so hard-- to be mainstream seems easier but we all have stuff and can't we all just find our fit and really embrace ALL of it and each other...that it's okay to be mainstream and ok to be weird and ok to love school and it's okay to not love it, but god I hope you find parts of it that make it less miserable and a little joyful, and that we all have value and need to rock out every now and then, or always.

Click here to watch it and ROCK OUT!

I usually don't like fan videos people make about shows, but I dig this one. I loved the show Parenthood and I miss it and it just reminds me of all the ups and downs and highs and lows and love and togetherness that happen in a family, in parenthood.

(Click here to watch the video.)

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