I have been thinking a lot about all those parents/guardians over the last week who have had their children/family members start daycare/kinder/primary/secondary/uni/first job. It is such a daunting time for not only children starting on a new journey, but the impact on the family cannot be underestimated. My eldest son, Jake, started High School last week and I so thought I had it under control. Why? I had already been through the start of kinder for three boys, the daunting years of starting primary school with all three (even with a school lock down on day three for my youngest and supporting him through 12 months of ongoing anxiety afterwards), I truly thought this would be a walk in the park. I was wrong.
From six hours of trying to download the software he needed on his computer, to helping him prepare his stationary, uniform, choosing sport, working out bus and bike routes and attending information days and that is even before I could begin supporting him emotionally about changing schools and knowing only a handful of people, I have spent the last two weeks in a state of flux. A flux I probably haven’t felt since I was in my early 20’s and arriving overseas on my own for the first time. My work suffered, my health has suffered (chocolate is my go to when stressed), my emotional support for my other two beautiful boys and hubby hasn’t been 100%, and I feel washed out. This is only week two!
As the fog lifts and I see his confidence building, I am starting my rhythm again. But boy has this been a wake-up call. For all of you feeling overwhelmed with changes in yours or your families (and I include fur babies in this) routines, particularly during big milestone events, please take a moment to breath. Please don’t be so hard on yourself and please chat to your manager about what is going on and the support you need to help you through. Be open and transparent and do not be afraid to ask. Your mental and physical health is important to us (your employer), we want you to enjoy coming to work and be able to give that joy back to your family when you get home.
To all our munchkins taking the leap into the next phase of their lives, some days it won’t be easy, maybe even really hard, but you will get through. May it be filled with adventure, challenges and fun (and remember chocolate is always available if needed!).
Chief Executive (Experience) Officer