Thursday, 31 August 2017

Ode to Summer | Star Jumps

Ode to Summer

I'm not great with endings. Thankfully David is the opposite. Change, in his opinion, usually signals growth and new beginnings. It's good having someone in the house who thinks like that.

When Callum finished Montessori in June I was feeling lots of emotions but mostly sad; something that had played such a big part in his life over the past three years was coming to an end. I hoped the next chapter for him would be a positive one. Starting primary school was a major milestone. Would he like it? Would he be happy? Would he make friends? Would he like everyone? Would everyone like him??

"I am an old man and have known a great many troubles but most of them never happened" - Mark Twain

Today, on the last day of summer, Callum started school. And as is often the case my worrying was pointless. This morning while I was helping him put on his uniform it didn't seem as monumental as I'd imagined. When we left the house it 'almost' felt like any other day. When we settled him into the classroom everyone was relaxed. There were no tears thankfully - from anyone! It was a big day but it couldn't have gone more smoothly. Note to self: Stop worrying! The last day of summer and the first day of something great.

Star Jumps

A week on and we're still sending off a happy excited boy. Just before Callum started school I remembered Tony Robbins bouncing on a trampoline before a speaking event, and Gretchen Rubin mentioning on her podcast that doing 10 jumping jacks (star jumps) before embarking on something new, or doing something that may be out of your comfort zone, is really helpful. It calms but also energises you. I stuck that bit of advise in my back pocket for Callum's first day. We all did star jumps that morning, me included. But a funny twist that I could never have predicted on the first day of 'big' school was that instead of calming Callum (5) I would be soothing my youngest (4) who was distraught he wouldn't be starting school in a pristine new uniform. Every day this week 10 star jumps before Montessori has calmed a disappointed four year old who has decided he is ready for change.


  1. First of all congratulations to you on the admission of your son in the school.Its really a very tough time for mother and kid both but I like your trick to calm down your baby with the help of jumping jack.

    1. Thank you. This trick worked so well and really helped us all on his first day of school. It’s something that would work in lots of situations, especially for little ones 😊

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