I started a new job yesterday and I just feel so overwhelmed. I suck at being a School Mum.
Everything from the commute, where to park, where I should go, meeting my colleagues – it’s all a bit too much.
The interview had gone well, orientation day was helpful and my welcome pack was packed with useful information but still, I found my first day to be very hard.
Because now I’m a School Mum. I have a heap of responsibilities, tasks and stresses to manage that I wasn’t really prepared for.
Most importantly, I have an apprentice who’s relying on me to lead her and set her up for success and happiness in her new role. My daughter.
I’m a School Mum
There’s no real training, it’s all on-the-job. A mix of trial and error, panic and joy.
My colleagues intimidate the hell out of me – they’re not floundering – well they don’t look like they are. One lovely mum exchanged numbers with me yesterday. We’re going to meet up outside of ‘work’ one day – a play-date for our apprentices.
I applied for her, not for me
I assessed her skills and decided she was ready. She sailed through her interview but maybe I failed the test?
But now my apprentice is relying on me and I don’t want to let her down. I want to lead her, inspire her and show her how to succeed.
But I’m just not qualified for this
Does School Mum-hood just come easy for some parents? Or are they sucking it up and hiding their fears better than me?
It’s only day two, it’s early days, but I just feel overwhelmed.
There are lunch boxes, uniforms, start and finish times, a list as long as my arm to cram into her school bag. And where the hell do I park at pick up time?
I’m retaining nothing and I need to ask the same simple questions over and over. I hope my boss doesn’t sack me. Am I on probation?
Suck it up, it’s about her, not you
And it is about her – because whatever I’m feeling now, she’s feeling ten times over. And she isn’t complaining (much). This is her time to be led by me and to flourish as her own little person.
So I’m embracing her attitude – with positivity, hope and an eagerness to learn.
We’ll celebrate small and big wins in our new careers, we’ll put our best foot forward, soak it all in, be attentive and not be shy to ask for help if we need it.
But I might just take a notepad to the next drop off – because there’s a lot to learn about being a School Mum.
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