Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.



Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

Next year holds so much promise for your family. I'm so excited for you all!

One thing I realized last year with our big move and inevitable school changes was that while the kids were definitely sad, I kept putting my own emotions into it and had to really get those under control. Kids have this amazing resilience and ours did fine this year. I could've made it much worse if I couldn't have kept my own emotions wrapped up. You are so right about staying positive and focusing on that. It didn't take long for both kids to make new friends and feel totally comfortable at their new schools. I just had to let them dig in and do it!

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

You are so right. That aspect of parenting is so important and difficult to remember. I learned that a couple of years ago when our cat died. I was so devastated by it that I assumed my kids would be, too, and I kept trying to talk about it, and trying to read books to T. about pet loss and weeping while reading, and generally making a mess of it all. I know she was sad when the cat died, but she hadn't been attached to her in the ways Scott and I were and so she didn't feel the loss as keenly.