I can’t believe we are back in school! I am so proud of my boys and I love their individual personalities. So today I thought I would write a letter to my boys on the first day of school and share some of my favorite back to school quotes.
To my 5th grader,
Today was the first day of your last year in elementary school. You’re the oldest at school now. The kings of the castle. As I took your younger brothers to find their teachers and line up with their classes, I watched as you headed off on your own with your friends. I planned on making sure you made it to the correct line and getting your picture (against your will), but by the time I had your brothers settled, your teacher had already headed inside.
I worried, just for a minute that I didn’t get to say goodbye but then I realized that this is what I had always wanted for you. What I had prayed about for you. When you started kindergarten you were terrified and painfully shy. It was so hard for me to leave you there that day because you looked so small and so scared. But now you are growing into a brave and independent soul and even though I worried about you for a second, I am so proud of the person you are becoming. I’m so proud of the challenges you step up to and face every day. Watching you walk off with your friends and with a big smile and not ‘needing’ mom to be by your side made me so happy, (and a little sad), yes moms can feel both at the same time. You’re growing up so fast!
Remember how much your brothers look up to you and always be there for them. You are their #1 example so always stick up for them and help them whenever they need you. You have to be my ears and eyes at school since I can’t be there to watch them. Even as you get older and don’t need me as much, just know that I am always here for you no matter what.
As you go through school this year and prepare for middle school next, I want you to remember this back to school quote:
There isn’t anything you can’t do if you set your mind to it. I’m excited to see what mountains you climb and where those mountains take you. Always believe in yourself and your dreams. You can do it!
To my 3rd grader,
You will have a lot of firsts this year as you are now one of the older kids in school. You will switch playgrounds and your work will start to get more challenging. You may run into some older kids who are not very nice. I just hope you know that you are so special to me and that no matter what happens at school, our home will always be a safe place for you to express your feelings and emotions.
I see my younger self in you in so many ways. You are a big thinker and with that comes a big imagination and also big worries. I hope you know that I understand what that is like. This year I hope you are able to turn the worries off and just enjoy being a kid in third grade. I hope you will learn to love learning for what it is and not focus too much on the competitions they have at school to be the top. Just do your best and don’t worry about what others are doing.
You are going big places! And I know that you will be able to do anything you set your mind to. Thank you for always being a friend to those kids who might not have very many. You have a sensitive heart and are able to see when others are in need. Never be afraid to be kind. And never be afraid to be yourself.
As you start your third grade year I want you to remember these words:
To my 1st grader,
I can’t believe today has already come! It seems like just yesterday you were a tiny baby in the NICU and now you are going to school all day long. I know you are having a lot of fun meeting new friends and your teacher but remember to listen and do your best. And make sure to eat your lunch before you get too busy chatting. 🙂
You have the most fun and energetic personality and can make friends everywhere you go. In fact, I’ve never been sad or worried to send you to school because I know that you are so excited for it! Be sure to always include others in your fun and also remember that school is a place to learn all of the things you need to know as you grow up into a big, smart boy so we can’t play all the time.
If you ever get sad or tired in your long days of school just remember that mommy is home thinking about you and watching the clock waiting for when you get to come home. I’m so proud of you for always trying to do your best. Don’t be afraid to try new things this year and remember that mom loves you.
Here’s a quote for you to remember:
Remember that the things you learn in school will be the stepping stones to help you become anything you want to be and go anywhere you want to go. This year you will be learning a lot! I hope you have fun as you learn new things.
And so we start another year of learning, growing, discovering and fun. I don’t really get sad at the new school year because my boys love school so much and do well on a schedule but I do miss them like crazy.
How did your first day of school go? Do you cry when your kids leave? What is your favorite Back-to-school quote?