I had a hard time sending my little guy to Kindergarten this year. I even considered homeschooling him I was so terrified of sending him to school. The thought of my guy, without his momma, in a sea of kids he didn’t know…would they like him? Be nice to him? Would he be able to find his way around? It was too much for me.
Homeschool started to appeal to us, I could keep him home, and there were countless benefits to it. However, when I really dove into what it would involve, (and what it would mean he would miss) I started to realize it wasn’t going to be best for us. I remember the day that was the deciding factor, we went into Target and he spotted the school supplies. He was so excited! I remembered how very exciting buying new school supplies, clothes and the anticipation of new friends was for me. We went on the Pottery Barn website that night and he picked a Star Wars backpack with matching lunch box to take on his Kindergarten journey. It’s kind of silly, I know, that school supplies, or something simple like a backpack would ease my anxieties, and make my decision like they did. It was more the excitement the items brought to him, that made me realize Kindergarten and school would be fun for him, just like it once was for me. I know some of you are out there like “girl, why was it so hard to send him?!” My bad y’all, I struggled.
He went off to Kindergarten, and I only cried for two weeks straight. He made friends and loves getting up and going every day. He can already read, I’m like seriously blown away by that! His teacher has skills. So, the anxieties went away, and our routine fell into place. Then one day, he came home without the Star Wars lunch box. I asked him if he left it at school, his response, “I don’t know where it is.” I checked the lost and found, all around the car, thinking maybe it just got stuck somewhere, but nope, no lunch box. It’s just a lunch box, but it really made me sad that it was gone. I can only guess it’s because the lunch box was tied to my own emotions over my baby growing up.
In that moment, I had one of those, I wish that lunch box had a tracker on it, thoughts. I think the very same thing when I lose my keys, or my coat, or my purse. Well, just like there is a new technology for just about everything these days, there is just that – a bluetooth tracker, the Tile.Tiles are small and can be hooked to anything you don’t want to lose. The Tile uses Bluetooth and an app on your phone to tell you the last place your item was left. I hooked one to his book bag, I’m don’t want to lose that too!
Now, I sure wish it was like a GPS tracker, then I could spy on him all day (if he was wearing the backpack), but it only tells you where your item last synced with your phone. So, if he loses his backpack, like the lunch box, I could go up to the school and see if the Tile will link with my phone. When you’re close by, the Tile will ring, or you can view it on a map! It’s pretty cool. I’m pretty certain I could use a Tile on so many things. It starts at $25, so I could also see it being a great gift, since pretty much anyone could use it. If your child has a favorite stuffed animal, like this stuffed panda that found it’s way home, they can’t live without, #TileIt; a jacket you can’t bear to lose, #TileIt!
If you have your Tile but need to find your phone, you can press the Tile and it will ring your phone! Maddox is forever ringing my phone now, but we wont complain about that. Tile is one of those things I didn’t know I needed until I tried it, now I want to Tile everything. Together, we can find anything!
The hardest thing I’ve ever done is be a mom. So many emotions, decisions and second guesses. I know I can’t keep him little forever, with each year comes new adventures. Although Kindergarten was a hard transition for me, (luckily not for him), it has been so fun seeing him develop friendships and independence at school. I know there is so much to come and I truly enjoy watching him grow and seeing him become his own person. I’ll just have to Tile all of his belongings so they actually make it home from school, haha!
What would you use a Tile for? Find more ways to use them here.