Three Weeks Down!
Congratulations! You and your student(s) have made it through the first few weeks of school! I hope your students have adjusted and are happily telling you all the things they love about school. In our house, however, we are completely through the "exciting first few weeks" phase and well into the "tomorrow is Thursday? Do I go to school on Thursday?" and "but I have a head/stomach/foot/ear/toothache" phase.
It's completely normal for siblings to be tired out and take it out on their fellow partners-in-crime at home, for children (and parents) of all ages to get pretty short-tempered at the disaster tornado they bring through the house every day, and no one has had enough sleep. While it seems like a great idea to schedule in 20 minutes of reading every night, soccer practice, folding laundry, playing outside, and maybe some cuddle time while watching a TV show together, too often we're doing good to make it to bed without multiple meltdowns from the 3-year old and several rounds of stomping from the bigger ones. This too shall pass and 20 minutes of reading will be enforced later in the school year. Our teachers are doing amazing work with our children and they are TIRED.
Remember that snacks, early bedtimes, and lots of love and compassion for all the hard work they are doing is the key to surviving the adjustment back to school schedule... and I'm not just talking about the children here.
Why yes, I did just finish off a glass of wine and cookies as a child got out of bed for the 4th time...