Back to school round up

Are your kiddos (or you) back to school yet?  Here in NY, we’ve got a couple weeks left (woo hoo) but D day is fast approaching!  Here’s a little round up of all things back to school at our house!

Thank you Lord (and the PTO) for the School Tool Box!  All I have to do is go online, choose my school and grade level, and click “order.”  Voila!  A box of school supplies for my son is shipped to the school and my supply shopping is done!  This is the best.thing.ever.  My supply shopping was done in July!

Prior to this year, I ordered most of my kids’ clothes online from places like The Children’s Place and Carters, and then got a few things at GAP and Old Navy when we did our yearly outlet shopping trip (sans kids).  Well, now that my son is older (a 2nd grader you know!) he has become MUCH pickier about what he wears. So this year he is coming along for the school shopping!  I plan on hitting Kohls (thank you 30% off coupon), and probably the Nike, Adidas and Under Armour outlets (because apparently in 2nd grade you can only wear athletic wear).  Wish me luck!

Ugh.  It’s always a struggle and  fight.  This year my plan is kids in bed at 8:30.  BUT they can read or look at a book until 9pm to relax and wind down.   I know some kids go to bed at 7:30, but this just doesn’t work for us.  For one, sometimes we’re not even home from activities yet (soccer practice, etc), and for another, my kids will NOT sleep at 7:30.  Like no way, no how.  It just doesn’t happen.  So this is what works for us.

I am in charge of mornings.  My husband typically leaves for work right as the kids are getting up.  So that leaves me to get myself ready, get the kids ready and out the door, and take care of the animals.  Mornings are STRESSFUL!
My 4 year old is up at the crack of dawn, but my 7 year old…not so much.  He also gets very grumpy when I wake him up.  So, we have agreed that this year instead of me waking him up, he will use an alarm clock.  We’ll see how it goes!  I am also instituting a no TV or electronics rule until breakfast is eaten and they are dressed.

Since my husband gets home before me, he is in charge of homework (all the praise hands!).  He also sometimes (maybe 2x a week, on a good week) takes care of dinner.  I am tasked with baths and bedtime, and prepping lunches and outfits for the next day.   Doing the lunches and outfits the night before has been a big time saver for my mornings.

This year I also want to up my lunch game.  My kids are super picky eaters, but I think if I make a list of foods to mix and match from each week, I can get some good variety.   If you have any new and interesting lunch ideas, please let me know! Another idea I am toying with is picking out all the week’s outfits on Sunday so they are ready to go.  I hate searching for matching socks on weeknights when I could be relaxing on the couch!

How are you preparing for back to school?



2 Replies to “Back to school round up”

  1. My kids aren’t in school yet but we will be facing the dreaded morning routine next year. I’m soooo not looking forward to hustling my daughter out the door in the a.m. Right now I’m a work from home mom so mornings are rather leisurely around here.

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