Back to School - 3 Ways to (Really) Prepare Yourself
Now that summer is winding down, and the kids will be heading back to school, you may have seen magazine or news articles giving helpful suggestions on how to prepare yourself and your kids for going back to school. Things like making sure your kids go to bed progressively earlier as the school year approaches so that they will be used to getting up early again, etc.
Yeah, this is not that type of post.
Dom is starting first grade in a couple of weeks, so I want to share with you 3 ways to really prepare yourself for the back to school phenomenon.(And for those of you who don't have kids yet... just take notes, sisters.)
1. Save up some cold hard cash.
Let's be real here. Yes, you have probably spent hundreds of dollars already on school supplies and clothes and shoes. But guess what? You're not done! There will be some additional items that your child's teacher specifically wants the students to have that weren't on the school-published supply list. There is lunch/snack/ice cream money to think about. There will be supplies or snacks that need to be purchased (weekly it seems) for upcoming themed activities and parties. There will be PTA fees. There will be school t-shirt costs, yearbooks, field trips. The. list. never. ends. Whoever said that public school is free is crazy.
2. Channel your inner schoolgirl and practice your signature.
Holy hand cramps, Batman! Now, the first day of school packet is bad enough, right? The emergency contact form, the medical/allergy form, the "tell me a little bit about your kid" form, the transportation form, blah blah blah. But no, that's not all. There is also the daily folder, the weekly folder, the homework folder, the writing/composition folder, the "behavior" folder. I may as well just get a signature stamp at this rate! Who knows what I'm even signing half the time.
3. Make Pinterest your b*tch.
Pardon my French. But it's true. You'll get vague directions from your kid's teacher. Something like "please use a 83% recycled materials brown paper bag and make a vest for our fall celebration." Um. What? Look, I'm the most un-artistic person in the world, I'll be the first person to admit it. But come on. We never did any of this crap when I was in elementary school. Young whippersnappers.