I finally got my act together and found my boy a Transformers wallet of the right size, a Transformers water bottle and a Transformers pencil case. Phew!
And there is a big relief too when I finally got confirmation from the school bus driver on the pick up and drop off time, which gave good reasons for cheer!
My slow eater will have 25 min more time than expected to nibble his super-duper nutritious breakfast that I have every intention to prepare EVERY morning. Just as importantly, I don't have to shoulder the added responsibility of walking him to school.
Actually, I quite like the idea of walking with him every morning, since it can be a good way for me to factor in some exercise. The only problem is there are a few challenges that I can foresee straightaway.
Hmm... do I really want to put myself in a daily situation when I have to cheer him on after every few steps on our way to school, even if I am the one carrying his heavy school bag?
And on days when E is away for business trips, I will also have to bring along my 4-year-old in a stroller since there is no way he will be cooperative at 7am.
Also, what if it rains? The thought of trying to hail a cab with two kids in the rain on the main road is enough to put me off. Besides, the taxi will not be able to bring us all the way to school, so there will still be another few hundred metres of walking in the rain with both grumpy boys, a big school bag and most likely a stroller. Won't be pleasant at all!
Thankfully, these are all moot issues now. All I have to do every morning is to kiss my boy good bye and nudge him towards the school bus. :>
What's left to do?
I will still need to pack his books and stationery into his brand new school bag and start some form of labelling. Yikes!
Now that we are inching closer to Day ONE, there are still two issues that need some decisions.
1. Recess. I'm planning to pack two snacks for him, one for his recess and another for a break after recess. In the last few months, I have been experimenting different quick-to-prepare and nutritious snacks for the boys' after school snacks. Maybe I will create a 2 weeks menu to take away the need for daily planning. More about this in later post.
2. Pocket money. Though M said he prefers to bring his own snacks instead of queueing to buy food from the tuckshop, we will still give him some loose change. Just in case, he decides to join his friends. But I wonder how much is the right amount.
Lastly, here is a funny post from a dad whose kid started Primary 1 a year ago.