New Term, New Attitude

September is here and it’s the start of a new term for so many people. Even if your child isn’t at school yet, it’s the end of the summer and September always feels like a new beginning. A time to start afresh. My lil guy went back to preschool last Thursday. I have to admit, after the terrible return we had after last half term break I was nervous as to how it would go. But as a friend said to me, you just need to to expect the best, and prepare for the worst. So I did.

Of course, as it turned out he ran straight in to the building without a care in the world, happy as a clam. In fact he was so happy, he ran straight over the to nature table and pulled his trousers down! Not for any other reason than he needed the loo you understand but it did make me chuckle as I ran over and pulled those pants back up.

I guided him to the bathroom and he bossed his whole potty training routine in a new environment straight away, including drying his hands on a paper town and feeding the towel to the ‘Tiger bin’. What a dude! I was so glad I’d written the script from his potty training app out for his TA, as it meant she understood what he was trying to communicate straight away. One mummy brownie point right there!

Anyway, potty business over, that was that. He was off and I left. I was so relieved we didn’t have a repeat of last term. A friend and I spent the morning drinking coffee in my favourite Haslemere coffee haunt. We talked about this and that and when time came to pick him up I felt refreshed.

However, the best bit was when he saw me. From the other side of the room he shouted “Mummy, Mummy!” while running straight into my arms. Now this might be the kind of welcome you take for granted from your children and I hope for you it is. But it’s new to me. And it’s splendid. It’s worth leaving him, just to get that reaction when I come back!

Happy mummies enjoy their freedom, and their coffee

Happy mummies enjoy their freedom, and their coffee

So what does the new year hold? What am I going to have to do and go through in order to find him the best support and the right school for next year? I honestly don’t know and yeah, it still scares me. But I don’t want to start this journey with a negative attitude. So I’m going to treat it like I treat everything else that scares or worries me. I’m going to expect the best and prepare for the worst.

Happy back to school everyone xxxx

The best back to school picture I could get of the man who's never still!

The best back to school picture I could get of the man who’s never still!


  1. My kids are older and I still relish sending them to school so that I have my time away from them but also look forward to seeing them after a long day. My youngest who is 8, still gets excited to see me when he gets off the bus. Great post! Thanks for sharing!

    • mrssavageangel says:

      That’s so sweet – I hope Oscar is always as excited to see me. Well at least until I become an embarrassment!

  2. So lovely that he had a good time. Hope you are able to get the school & support you want for next year. I always liked the Maya Angelou version of that sentiment: ‘Hope for the best, prepare for the worst, and be unsurprised by anything in between’.

  3. Oops – #twinklytuesday

  4. He is doing so well, you must be so proud! 🙂 one of mine hated school for years…well he still does mostly and I’m always holding my breath and in a panic the first day back at school and it’s such a relief when he’s happy to go in!
    Thanks for linking up to #Picknmix
    Stevie x

    • mrssavageangel says:

      Thanks Stevie – it was a breath holding moment I can tell you, but so far so good. Glad your guys had a good Back to School too. Thanks for hosting!

  5. That’s so good! We’ve always had problems with getting Monkey to let me go – right from pre-school. The last few days he’s walked into school without me for the first time and he’s nearly 6 so well done to your little boy – fab #SSAA

    • mrssavageangel says:

      Thank you so much. He’s always been pretty good at going in, bar a couple of weeks last term. Oscars always happy to do something Oscar wants to do?. I’m so glad your little guy seems happy this term. It’s such a big leap.

  6. It sounds like it went really well. I had to laugh about him taking his trousers down as soon as he arrived. Here’s hoping the rest of the year goes so well for you both.

    • mrssavageangel says:

      Thank you. It was funny afterwards. Bless him, we’re only a couple weeks into potty training but he’s getting there. Same to you guys!

  7. ourlittleescapades says:

    I’m so glad he settled back so well for you. I actually couldn’t sleep on Sunday worrying how our return would go. Wow for the potty training, something we really need to work on. My advice for the school, if you need to go down the statement route (called something different now) start as soon as possible. It can be a long process.

    Thanks for linking up with Small Steps Amazing Achievements :0)

    • mrssavageangel says:

      Thanks Jane – this is what I hear. ‘m so glad he’s happy to be back. His teachers have noticed such a change in him too!

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