If you are a mom of school age kids, this is the week that your kids have prepared all of the special things to show you in class. They are so excited to have you there, and if you’re anything like me, you’re excited too. Sort of.
We are still early on in the school-year days so this time that they are away, especially at preschool, is oh so precious. And yes, the children are precious and the
garbage art they make is precious too, but really, mama would be oh so pleased and blessed if you just stayed at school and didn’t need me to come and eat all of the muffins with you.
Alas, this is part of the gig though, so if we must walk this path, we might as well try to enjoy it. Here are some tips that I’ve come up with on how to make it through the Mother’s Day Tea, school gauntlet.
1. Get a sitter
There is nothing worse than attending one of these school events with all of the other siblings in tow. Use this as an excuse to outsource the other rugrats so that at least you only have to focus on one child at a time. This will be extra special.
2. Wear stretchy pants or heels
I’m not sure where we’ve gone wrong in our messaging, but I am just not a Costco muffins and juice kind of girl. And what about the gluten-free moms? Where is their cardboard? At a celebration for me, I’m hoping more for things like coffee, La Croix or good old fashioned fruit and veggies. Donuts, pastries and muffins are just deterring from my summer mom-bod goals. But again, if we must participate, stretchy pants for that expanding waistline, or heels to elongate the look of your legs as your waistline expands are necessary.
3. Look in the mirror before you go
Most likely, your child will have produced some sort of self-portrait of you using wonderful mediums such as pastels, watercolor, and crayon. They may have taken liberties on your hair, your eyes and your lips, and could have also gone so far as to outline your full body. Bless.
So you’ll want to make sure that you take a good long look at yourself in the mirror prior to the event so that your self-esteem doesn’t take a dip when you see their interpretation. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but in your case, you are much better than that art. 😉
4. Take all of the pictures
All of the children touching you and talking have the potential to send you into a tizzy. Stay focused, stay present and when in doubt, just take lots of pictures. That way, when your brain clears up later, you can look back and truly enjoy what your kid has done for you.
If you are a first time mom experiencing these things, just ignore all of my tips and yuck it up. It is precious and you’ll love it. 😉