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Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

What precious pictures! She is such a sweetie. :0)
I get impatient too, when it seems like I'd like a minute of alone. Which is why I get cranky after my kids' bedtimes when they are still coming down for one more thing. I've found myself locking the bathroom door this summer (funny that you mentioned the hand jiggling the knob!) so I can at least do that in private!

Our summer is melting away too. I go back on Aug. 6th full time, my kids will start back at their daycare/preschool/before-after school program at our church on Aug. 3. Which means next week is our LAST week of summer break. Which leaves me excited and nervous at the same time...

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I know what you mean, Omaha--I'm excited for the new school year, but nervous, too.

And I've taken to locking the doors, too...still doesn't stop the knob jiggling!

reading with susan's picture reading with susan

Loved your piece describing the precious moments with your daughter-our children give us such timeless memories... Being anxious at the beginning of the school year and the separation that comes with that is natural. When I taught Kindergarten I had my parents and children participate in a follow up activity after reading "The Kissing Hand" by Audrey Penn at Back to School night for Kindergarten. They each made a "kissing hand" and the parents took their child's hand home to put on the refrigerator and the child placed the parent's hand in their cubby. The message was that my love is always with you and when you need me, just give the kissing hand a kiss. During the early days of Kindergarten I observed some children going to their cubbies and touching or kissing the kissing hand. I imagine Mom's and Dad's did that at home too! You might want to do this too!
Susan at

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I love that book--we used it with my son, when he started kindergarten. I'll have to remember to check it out tomorrow when we head to the library! Thanks...