School starts here in Tennessee on Friday. Yeah, you read that right. 2 days from now, I’ll be shuffling kids off to school. I can’t decide between being really excited to have my house quiet all day and not have to be fielding questions all day like, “Can I play on your computer?” “Can I play the Wii?” “Can I go outside?” or being sad because I’ll miss the kids, incessant questions and all.
Whether you start in 2 days or whether you still have awhile, now’s the time to start working on their schedules and routines. If you allow a later summer bedtime, start getting it back until they’re on their school bedtimes. Work out your morning routine- think about where your trouble spots were last year and think about how to improve them. One of the things we had trouble with last year was that my 14 year old would hit me in the morning with things like, “You need to sign this, this, and this, and I need a check for this, and can I stay after school today for band practice?” This year the plan is to ask him the minute he walks in what all needs to be signed.
Another thing we’re going to do differently this year is to send lunch to school with my 2 youngest kids. I have kept up with this fairly well in the past, but last year she wanted to buy lunch from the school. This year, since prices have gone up by a third, she’ll be bringing her lunch. I like to look at bento box communities (see LiveJournal and Flickr) for inspiration.
What are your back to school tips and tricks? We all could use them, I think. 🙂