I am at the public library right now with my kids. What a perfect, peaceful place to write. My older girls are here with me, trying to finish up their summer required reading list. My 8 year old just got her 1st library card and checked out her final 2 books. I should have done this for all the kids, FREE BOOKS, instead of the $300 I spent at the bookstore…
I can’t believe that summer’s end is near. I enjoyed this time off so much. I really love months with my children at home, no schedules, sleeping in and being spontaneous. So many of my mommy friends dread the no school months, but I am sad to see them end.
We’re in back to school prep mode now, trying to get to bed early and adjust to the school schedule. It’s always easier for my family if we start this routine a few weeks before school begins. This year, my kids will be setting an alarm clock and getting themselves up and ready for school. Now if I can only figure out how to keep them in their own bed at night! I am doing most of my school supply shopping online, which saves me sooo much time and actually money because there are fewer unnecessary purchases discovered by my children. You know the story, “Mommy can I have this? Oh I need this, and this and this!”
Yesterday, I did my usual Gap drive-by to buy my girl’s white color uniform shirts – which, btw, are about ¼ of the price that the uniform company charges, and it’s a better shirt! I really like the eco-friendly lunch boxes, which means less garbage because the containers are reusable. My girls are learning so much about the environment and recycling in school, it’s requested that all parents pack with reusable containers, I love that!
My favorite mommy tool is the weekly tear away calendar. I use this to document all events each week. Everyone in my house can refer to it, even the kids. I always use a pencil because there are many changes juggling 4 kids’ schedules.
Today I will be scheduling 4 doctors appointments for the kids’ check ups, hemming uniforms, and working on our home “homework box.” I asked my girls what they are most stressed about regarding BTS. My oldest, 10 years, said homework and not having any time for personal stuff. Surprisingly, my 8 year old is worried about homework too.
The idea for the “Homework Box” came from one of Sierra’s teachers last year, and it’s great. I put together any and all possible tools needed for homework and school projects; pencils, markers, glue, tape, scissors, erasers, rulers, colored pencils, etc. Everything stays in this box; both girls have their own. My kids get the box out when it’s homework time. Trust me- this saves A LOT of stalling.
I still need to find some new fun lunch and snack ideas (here are some of our family’s healthy favorites), go shoe shopping and pick up a little sentimental gift for my kids to start the new school year. Their dad has been doing that for years, and it makes the first day of school something positive and special.