By Diane Ako
I've met another milestone in the journey of a parent. My daughter today starts kindergarten, which is a very exciting time for the whole family.
She likes feeling like a big girl in a big school (bigger than preschool), and we as parents feel that with each passing month, she gets easier to raise because she is maturing. We can have conversations with her because she remembers things from day to day much better than when she was younger.
We attend a school nearby, and I love the idea that I can walk her the half mile to class in the morning. It will be a nice bonding time.
Here's the more mundane part of being a Kindergarten mom: I had to buy a long list of school supplies and then LABEL every individual crayon and pencil with her name.
First, the buying process. Longs after work is a very busy place in the school supply aisle. There were like, ten other families on the hunt with their lists in hand. It was a bit of a zoo. There were empty shelves and little siblings running around underfoot. May I recommend you try your lunch hour if you have to do this?
Secondly, the labeling. I roughly added up all the items that needed labeling. It was about 150.
One! Hundred! Fifty!
I asked a veteran mom what she does. She said label makers don't have a font small enough to fit the skinny crayons, and handwriting is a pain. She recommended typing the name on a Word document, copying and pasting it until you have the necessary amount, and then taping it on to the item.
Now, I like labeling as much as the next anal-retentive person, but this was too much for even me. It took me two days to finish this.
As with most families, I'm the primary caregiver, and this task, like most others, fell to me to initiate.
I asked Claus to help me cut the labels up. He wasn't excited, but he did it. He used a cutting board and he cut the columns straight down the middle, so there was a lot of space before and after the name. This meant I had to fix his work before I taped the label down.
But it's done now. To think! Only six more years of this!
What's your experience with back-to-school season?