The resumption of school is a time of excitement and learning. Education is an important thing in our family.
I remember coming across a quotation when I was in high school that was attributed to Mark Twain – never let schooling get in the way of your education. It seems the notion is more properly attributed to Grant Allen. Regardless, it is in the spirit of the idea that not all education comes from lessons delivered by teachers at school that I present you with the lessons we have learned this week.
Nighttime toilet training can start anytime
We potty trained our now three year old just over a year ago – or at least we did the daytime part just over a year ago. We didn’t get around to the nighttime bit until this week. This is primarily because she has been such a bad sleeper that we didn’t want to risk waking her up at night in case we couldn’t get her back to sleep.
This week she decided her pull up diaper was too itchy and she didn’t want to wear it, so we said ok and replaced it with underwear. The first night I woke her up a couple of times and she made it through the night, but then neglected to go to the bathroom as soon as she woke up. The second night I woke her up a couple of times before I went to bed and then she came in to wake me up for help at 5 am and she stayed dry all night.
It has taken a year, but I am finally following my own advice on night time potty training.
Learning a sweater around your waist is everything
My daughter came home from her first day of junior kindergarten and the first thing she wanted to tell me was that she figured out how to tie the arms of her sweater around her waist. She was very excited to show me what she had done. It didn’t matter that she had just come home from her first full day of school ever or that she had been waiting for this day to come for months and months.
Guess she is a results-oriented kid…
Rainy days means you don’t need to buy outdoor shoes for your kid right away
Our kids need a pair of outdoor shoes to wear to and from school and then a pair of indoor shoes to wear at school. Typically we can get away with the new shoes from the spring being their outdoor shoes for the fall and then picking up a new pair of shoes as their indoor shoes for the school year.
This year we didn’t get around to getting shoes sorted out before the school year started. Luckily it rained or threatened rain all week so they legitimately wore rain boots. They would have been wearing rainboots regardless of the weather At least this way it didn’t look like their parents didn’t properly equip them for school…
Button factories are awesome
Our 10 year old has been making doll dresses for their dolls and barbies for the past couple of months. They are gradually shifting from socks with holes cut in them for arms and heads to fabric being sewn together. Today we saw the first dress with buttons sewn on the back and button holes so that the doll head could fit through the neck hole and then the dress could be button.
A significant achievement to be sure. I think she is starting to outstrip everything I know about sewing!
Going to the bathroom at school is sometimes a challenge
My oldest two kids have landed classes housed in portables at school. Our school has three portable classrooms at the back of the school and my kids are in two of them. Portables aren’t too bad, I spent a couple of years in them.
The challenge as my daughters discovered this week, is that when you need to go to the bathroom and it is pouring rain outside – you are going to get wet.