The first week of school is over and we are still trying to find our groove. In the past, getting back into a school routine has never been a big deal. The girls were both at the same school, so they got up at the same time, got on the schoolbus at the same time and got home on the same time. So getting back into the swing of things after summer was not that hard - we just picked up right where we left off.
However, now that Jazzie is in junior high, their schedules are different. I need to wake Jazzie up at 5:30 in order to get out the door by 6:20. That in itself has been hard. Add to that getting used to a new school and classes, and things have not been that easy for Jazzie. The homework is already quite significant. Jazzie is taking several honors classes and the work involved with those is NO joke! She is also taking Chinese as one of her electives and that is proving to be more difficult than she thought.
The verdict after the first week of school is that Jazzie is overtired and overwhelmed. I must admit that she has not had the best attitude about all of this, which makes it a lot harder on all of us. Last night she was a basketcase; complaining about school, complaining about homework, complaining about the bus, complaining about her backpack being heavy, etc. She was SO tired, so I sent her to bed before 8:30, but after only a couple of minutes she came back down to get her flashcards to study for her Chinese test. At this point she is beyond tired and is crying. When I went to check on her 10 minutes later, I found her asleep like this:
The tear in the corner of her eye is killing me...
Sigh... . On the one hand I wish she wouldn't complain so much and spend that time in a more productive way instead (like studying!). On the other hand I KNOW that she is feeling overwhelmed. Part of me fears that this is going to be a hard year, but the other part is telling me she just needs some more time to get in her groove and she'll be fine. She definitely needs to manage her time more wisely and while I feel a need to constantly remind her and help her, she's in junior high now and she simply needs to be more responsible. She's 12 and in junior high, but when I saw her in bed like this, she just looked like a baby to me.
This is hard.