No matter what school looks like for you (nursery, public, home, etc.), there is no denying that Back to School season is upon us.
I am getting ready in the following ways:
(1) Return to Organization - One day in July, I didn't have any plans to write on my "week at a glance" Later, I forgot it all together. Those wide open days were lovely, but school requires a return to my stay-organzed routines. Hello, monthly folders and Mom Notebook. You will be used.
(2) Practice Getting Up Early - This also involves going to bed at a reasonable hour. Big Guy has to be at school at 7:30 a.m. this year. Yaaaawwwn.
(4) Check the Supplies - Of course. Get that school supply list out and check it twice. I thought I had three 8-packs of Crayola washable markers, broad, primary colors (not specific, or anything!) but I only had two. Drat!
(5) Grocery Shopping - Not only am I getting ready for our Back to School Feast, but I want to make sure that my boys have a good breakfast and healthy lunches packed for their first few days. This has required two extra shopping trips for me (again, working on getting organized!) but I'm glad I thought of it. I'd hate to wake up at 0-dark thirty on the first day of school and realize we were out of bread. "Sorry, Big Guy, just eat the turkey like a roll up. It's fine!!" Not like he doesn't take the sandwich apart and do that anyway, but still.
(6) Plan Play Dates for Little Brother - He is going to howl at the moon due to loneliness, he just doesn't know it yet. I'm trying to help him out by making the two weeks before preschool starts fun.
(7) Clean up Artwork Displays - Ideally, this would include cleaning out the rubbermaid boxes which house all their preschool projects and starting a genius schoolwork filing system, but I'm not there yet. For now, I'm going to continue ignoring the overstuffed rubbermaid boxes, remove the pictures that have been displayed for months,
(9) Reach Out to Like-Minded Friends - Sometimes it feels like you are the ONLY parent who won't let your 3 year old watch Star Wars. You're not. Reach out to your friends. No one is raising their children exactly like you, but it is nice to figure out who is coming close so that you can compare notes. Even better, here's hoping that your kids can become friends with those kids who are also being corrected and deprived on a daily basis.
(10) Savor the Moment - Days at home can be long, but they are precious. This time with little ones is just a blip on the radar screen of life . . . enjoy.
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