I got a call from a producer at www.cbc.ca the other day to take questions from moms across Canada about back-to-school. Everything from fashion to snacks to routines. "I can do this." I thought. "I’m a mom. I’ve been doing back-to-school for years. I have a whole resource of Canadian moms to tap into."
Now that it’s up there I’m feeling a bit nervous. "Who exactly do I think I am?!" As any truly honest mom will tell you, you never get to be an expert. Just when you think you have it all figured out it changes. For example, this is the first year that my now 9 year old son is not bursting to go back to school. Unlike his 5.5 year old sister, he is resentful and irritated that his summer fun is going to be replaced by the tedium of the daily grind. He’s excited about his hockey season starting but seriously underwhelmed by the prospect of grade 4. This one’s new for me.
So, I tapped into some of my wise mom pals whose kids are just a bit older. No surprise, they had great advice. First 1) don’t stress – he’s probably more excited than his cooler-than-thou self lets on. 2) Take it as a compliment! His summer has been fabulous and that’s great too. 3) Change can be tough, especially as kids get older and a bit more socially aware and self-conscious. Finally 4) don’t sweat it because there is nothing you or he can do about it. Once he gets back to it and sees his friends all of this will be forgotten. Not bad, eh?
Now, the good part. If you have a back-to-school question go to the Your Interview section of CBC.ca and ask. I’ll tap into the wise and wonderful urbanmoms.ca moms to find your answer!