In the blink of an eye, I have gone from the shock of that first tooth puncturing through drooling gums to the now palpable excitement of my girl’s first wobbly peg.
Gone are teething devices and Bonjela in every drawer. It’s 3am and instead of a midnight feed with a hungry newborn, I'm desperately rummaging through my handbag for some loose coins to help the tooth fairy out. You won’t be catching this mum flinging dollar notes under the pillow.
Safe to say, I am now well and truly entrenched in my school mum era.
Unlike those first few fragile months of motherhood where I felt a village of support and advice from my mother’s group over sips of coffee at the local cafe, I am now navigating the first year of school a little differently.
I am back at work as a teacher, which is probably the most exhausting part of this new season. Managing school drop-off, after-school care, lunch boxes, homework, Book Week dress-ups, library satchels and the right uniform on the right day, is quite the juggle.
Life has become a new kind of busy.
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With this changing role has come the complexity of figuring out just how to approach the first year of school and the behaviours and expectations that come with it.