It’s Dad’s First Day Too!

It’s that time of year again.  Back To School.  Fresh classrooms, fresh minds filled with great summer memories and ready to take on the next grade!  In many cases, that means moving up to a new school.  Maybe it’s Kindergarten, perhaps Middle School or that scary wondrous moment of moving into High School!

Moms all over the world are nervous.  Did I get the entire School Supply List?  What outfit are they going to dress in for their first day?  Will I forget to take a picture and miss this moment forever?  What teacher are they going to have?  School lunch vs. brown bag?  Moms have the luxury of keeping busy with the minutiae of list after list running up to that fateful first day!

What I’m thinking about…  How big are the other dads in my kid’s school!  Can I take them?  🙂

You’ve had that thought…  you know it (at least I hope it’s not just me)!  My kids are my life and a slight to them is a slight to me!

So hear me, O’ bullies of the 4th grade on the bus with my son.  Hear me, 2nd grader who’s “daddy is stronger than yours”.  Hear me, 5th grader who’s showing off because they are finally the BMOC.

If you are looking for ransom I can tell you I don’t have money, but what I do have are a very particular set of skills. Skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like [your father].  If you let my [son] go now that’ll be the end of it.

Seriously though, what’s the real protocol for us as parents?  In this age of Social Media and bullying being everywhere in your face, kids have grown cattier than ever.  Every week in the news is a new story of some kid being bullied and the endings vary (some valuable life lessons and others tragic).  How do you protect and prepare your child for that?

I guess the moral of this story for a first time Elementary Dad is…  Patience.  Wait and see how it goes.

As a dad, this is really what I think about with my kid starting school.  I know he’s going to have a great time.  I know that he’s going to love learning, and playing in the playground, gym, recess, unique science experiments and everything else that’s wonderful about school.

I pray every day that he finds a great group of new friends that are kind, inclusive and will assist in molding him into the man he will one day become (and he to the them).  I hope that my kid NEVER becomes the aggressor that bullies the other kids.

But most importantly, to anyone who does try to bully him (and to their dads)…  my kid’s father is 6’6, 275lbs and I bench 375 (only in his dreams…)!

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