AUTHOR: Carolyn Savage | POSTED: August 7, 2012 | COMMENTS: 25 Comments
It’s that time of year. I wish that it wasn’t but there’s no escaping the signs. They are every where I go. The middle school parking lot down the street is half full, indicating that the new hire’s and over achievers are hard at their prep work. The seasonal shelves at the market have been cleared of the bug spray and sunscreen to make room for #2 pencils, crisp notebooks, and colorful boxes of crayons. The summer camps have all ended and the local pool’s a little empty. I guess the kids have had enough and are staying at home to burn their mother’s last nerve.
When I was a kid, I loved back to school time. I wish I could say my boys feel the same. Unfortunately, they don’t.
I think that has something to do with the fact that during my childhood back to school happened around Labor Day. Somehow, over the years, the first day of school has crept up the calendar, and what used to be sacred–the glorious month of August–has somehow become the beginning of school.
I could rant and rave about how much I wish August was reserved for vacations, but instead of whining about something I can’t control, I’ll share some back to school tips that I’ve learned over the years.
Tip #1 – Read That Letter from the School
Turns out you should read that long letter the school sent to you last week. It contains important information about your child’s upcoming year. And read it before you call and ask, because the as much as the office staff loves to assist parents, it’s annoying to them when it’s apparent a mom is too lazy to do her homework.
Tip #2 Don’t Let the Supply List Bankrupt You
Take the school supply list with a grain of salt. Meaning, I know teachers actually want your child to have what they need for the year, but if the list says 64 #2 pencils odds are you don’t need them all on the first day. (This is especially helpful if you’re pinching pennies.)
Tip #3 Know The School Calendar (Or at least hang it somewhere you’ll see it!)
Find out when the first day of school is. I know…seriously…right? But every single year I was a principal someone missed the first day! Please take my word for it, nothing makes a parent look dumber than when their kid misses the first day. So look smare, read the calendar.
Tip #4 Ride The Bus
If your kid’s going to ride the bus to school regularly, resist the urge to drive junior on the first day, and make him or her take the bus. This helps the bus drivers know that your child is, indeed, relying on him/her to stop the bus to pick up your child. If you are dying to take pics as your child walks into their classroom do what Sean did: Follow the school bus in your car and then embarrass the hell out of your kid by meeting them at school. (Ryan actually punched Sean in the gut for following him to his classroom on his first day of kindergarten. We have it on tape!)
The rest of my tips can be read here at Today.com! They are good. Give them a read.
Now on to the fun stuff… A Back to School GiveAway
In honor of our collective back-to-school state of mind, I’m giving away a Jansport backpack….
…. full of commonly needed school supplies!
To qualify you only need to leave a comment below this post with your favorite back-t0-school memory. A winner will be chosen from the comments and announced in my Weekly Smiles Post, next Monday, August 13th!
In the meantime, I’m going to bury my head in the sand and carry on with my summer. “School? What school?”