If you have been following along with my Back to School Countdown, you should have school clothes and supplies purchased and organized, school lunches ready to go, and a homework station waiting for the first worksheets that will come in your door. So what now?
This post is for the over-achievers out there. If you have all of the above ready to go, and are on a roll, try out some of these ideas to make the school year even easier?
- Start making or gathering teacher/coach/crossing guard gifts now. You know all those teacher gift ideas you pinned last Christmas? Make a couple of those. Put them in your closet. When Christmas comes this year, have a hot chocolate and read your favorite book instead of rushing around. If you aren’t crafty, you can always be on the lookout for cute gifts and it doesn’t hurt to have a gift card or two on hand for emergency gift giving. I put together a fun pin board of teacher gift ideas here.
- Review your children’s upcoming extracurricular activities and start preparing now. Pack a tote for each child, for each activity. Put everything they need in each tote. I even put clean uniforms in the totes. When it’s soccer day, they grab the tote, get dressed, and then take the tote with them. Think about stocking up on snacks too. If you know you will have to be the snack mom and some point, stock up on juice boxes and granola bars the next time they go on sale.
The most important thing to remember when preparing for the school year is to take care of yourself. In this day and age, we seem to put way too much pressure on ourselves to be perfect parents. Let’s face it-perfection is impossible, and your kids won’t care if you aren't perfect. Think about your childhood. I bet some of your best memories are the result of your parents messing up. Ice cream for dinner because there isn’t anything else in the house? Best night ever! Take it easy on yourself and enjoy these years with your child. They'll be off to college soon enough. Here's to great new school year!