No matter if they are home or far away, I got their back for life. As a mom, it is what we do.
Last year, we sent our 6 year old to school for the first time. We keep our children home from school their kindergarten year then send them to 1st grade. It works well for us and the children have adjusted well. (Well, the first two did!)
Cade is our third child. He is definitely our homebody. He likes to be home and is quite content playing, running around outside and climbing trees.
School is not his first choice.
That said, he knew he had to go. There were tears. You know those awful, silent tears not the screaming fit tears. The silent tears are the ones that break your heart in two because you know they are in pain.
We tried comforting him, talking to him about it and praying with him. He knew he would be okay and that his brother and sister liked school, he just wanted to be home. So I gave him something to put in his bag.
My phone number
I told him that if he needed to call me, I was only a phone call away. Now I know the school would not make it a habit to let him call me. However, he didn’t need to. He only needed the reassurance I was nearby and had his back. He needed to know I would be there and defend him and that I care for him and no matter what I was still his mom.
He loved school. He loved his teacher and his friends. He would still rather be home but he would come home with story after story of every detail of his day. Guess what. At the end of the year, we were cleaning out his book bag. I had completely forgotten about the note I gave him with my phone number on it. I pulled it out of his book bag and he smiled at me with those huge chocolate brown eyes and fabulous smile. I asked him if he kept it in his book bag the whole year and he said yes.
For another year
Then he took it from me and put it in his book bag for 2nd grade. As he left for school today, he had it in his book bag. A little bit of me goes with him as well as a reassurance I am always available for him when he needs me.
I’m mom. And I’m only a phone call away.
I hope that sets the stage for his life. I hope he remembers that during hard teenage times when the kids he is with are doing the wrong things. I’m only a phone call away. I hope my daughter knows when she is around girls who are mean that I am only a phone call away. I hope if my child goes off to serve his country he knows that I am only a phone call away.
I got their back for life.