school do’s and don’t(s)

by humanmama on August 27, 2012

I DID IT!!! Oh dear God, I did it. Helena is at school, we are back home, Baby Brother is asleep and Lilly (AKA “middle one”) is sitting with me watching Sesame Street. Not to exaggerate but I feel like I just ran a marathon. AND the Kentucky Derby. But not riding a horse. But, we did it!

So, for you, here are some Dos and Don’ts of the First Day of School:

Do get up early. Think of a really early time. Now think of a time an hour before that. Now what’s a half hour earlier? Now take another 15 or 20 minutes off, and you have the time you might want to be ready for school. In fact, just nap in your clothes on the couch the night before. Be prepared, you know.

Do make breakfast. A quiche Lorraine and some fondue is a good start. Perhaps bananas foster to start the school year off especially nice. Or eggs. Or cereal and milk. Or a spoonful of peanut butter on a spoon. Also, the spoon is portable for that run to the car.

Don’t forget anything from that list of back-to-school supplies your teacher mailed you. And, if you spend two hours making a school mailbox out of a cereal box, please don’t let your child take it out of her backpack to look at it the morning before school without replacing it. Unless you like to be sweating in your holey yoga pants and dirty tee shirt, holding a baby and a three-year-old in the new classroom surrounded by parents looking their best while she unzips her bag and says “where’s my mailbox?” Um, or so I’ve heard.

Do remember to wake your kids up earlier and put them to bed earlier the week before school begins. This really helps with the transition to school schedules. Or, you can just yell really loud the morning school begins.

Do remember that this is temporary; soon we’ll all be established into our little routines and it won’t be so tough. And then soon, before you know it, your kids will be grown, going off to college, maybe having kids of their own someday. And then when they complain about the first day of school craziness, you can just smile and remember back. But you won’t be able to talk. Because your mouth will be full of your peanut butter breakfast.

Happy first day of school!!

20120827-110552.jpgTrader Joe’s Cocoa Almond Spread…you know what’s better than peanut butter? Don’t say I didn’t warn you…

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