Things I’ve Learned as a New School Mumma

Things I've learnt as a new school mum, after our first school holidays,

On the eve of Ellie going off and starting her second term of school I thought I would share a few things I have learned during my first term and holiday as a new school mumma;

School days are not as long as you think they are.

They’re really not. At all. I recall someone (unsure of who) gushing about how much time I would have to get things done. Yeah, not happening.

School lunches are not fun.

I don’t love making school lunches. I don’t love trying to make them interesting. I don’t love that I try so hard to send all healthy, nutritious food only to witness other children around with lunch boxes full of chips and packet things because I know one day that is going to be a contentious issue.


School teachers are all kinds of amazing.

I knew this before sending Ellie off to school, of course, but I didn’t know it as I do now. I go in on Thursdays, when the littlies are in day care, to help out with Story Writing and oh. my. gosh. Every week, once I’ve done some deep breathing, tried to encourage words and sounding-out and said “no, you’re not dumb, you can do it” and been on the receiving end of some rudeness I do two things; 1) say a thank you prayer for teachers and 2) breathe a sigh of relief that I didn’t follow that particular path. You have to be a special kind of person to be a teacher.

They grow up FAST once they’re at school.

Children do this growing up thing fast as a general rule, however, once they start school it speeds up even more. Between the learning of the things they’re there to learn to the picking up of bad habits they really shouldn’t, it’s full steam ahead. I love to see and share in the joy of progress, all while gently removing my daughter’s hair from her mouth again because sucking on your hair is the thing to do.

Busy, school makes children hyper,
Things will never be the same as they once were.

I guess this is a no brainer to some but I thought (or, more specifically, hoped) that the holidays would be much like life before school. Nope. Everything is different and I am not loving it. Ellie is in need of constant guidance as to what to do, she never stays still for a moment and is at anyone and everyone every minute of the day. I miss my girl who could entertain herself sometimes!

Holidays are too long and too short all at once.

I am over the constantness of the holidays and the fighting and the tantrums but I don’t want them to be over. I don’t want her to go back to school tomorrow and be away from me 5 days a week for weeks on end. I kind of want to have a tantrum myself, stamp my feet and slam some doors.

That’s just some of the things I have discovered. Of course, there’s so much more. Like, it’s really hard to make friends with the school mums (when you’re me) and it’s super ridiculously cute to see your child with their first best friend what with all the hugging, giggling and plain ole adorableness.

What did your child’s first term and holiday teach you?





  1. Yes you definitely do need to be a special kind of person to be a teacher – I think I swear too much to even consider helping! :/

  2. I was nodding along toe very word in this post (except, the helping in class part – haven’t ventured down that path yet!)
    I think I can’t possibly tackle school lunch without lamenting the fact that I am making them again – and it is only term 2 of….forever!!
    Josefa from #teamIBOT

  3. I’ve learnt (today) that on the second day back to school it already feels like the end of term … homework can be such a drag – and I don’t even go to school.

  4. Teachers are amazing people aren’t they?
    I haven’t been able to help out this year, and I’ve missed it. It’s so nice being involved in the kids class and schooling life, and they really enjoy it.
    As for lunches, I’ve stopped trying to be creative. Sandwiches are fine 🙂

  5. I’ve always found that the holidays go slowly in the first week, but fly by in the second. I hate doing lunches. One day a week I do a lunch order for a bit of mummy sanity.

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