Back to Busy!

Date: August 21, 2013

Back. To. School.

All parents say how excited we are! It's about time the little...or big...rugrats get back to school! Get out of our hair! Stop fighting! Stop being lazy couch potatoes all day long! GET OUT OF THE HOUSE!

And I am one of the many who look forward to shipping my girls off to the next grade. And yet...

Now everyone has to get up at 5:30 AM again. Make lunches every morning again (my husband has been doing that part, so I'll complain FOR him). Listen to 2 teenagers and 1 almost-teenager fight over one bathroom in the wee hours of the morning again. Keep track of 3 school/sport/after school activity schedules again. Who's really about to get homework here...the kids or the parents?

Now, don't get me wrong. Our long, lazy days of summer were gone a few years ago, when it seemed the girls summer schedule became just as busy as the school year schedule. But the school year still doesn't compare...SO MUCH TO DO. All of the time! Which means my head hurts all of the time! But I do implement some actions to help with my aching head.

So...may I give advice to help you get through the school year? As a parent of 3 girls, ages 15, 13 and 11...does that qualify me to give advice? I'll put it out there, and you can take it or leave it.

1. Drink lots of alcohol. KIDDING!!!!!! Sort of.

2. My husband and I have decided to throw away the guilt and have our lunch packers start packing their own lunch this year. They're old enough, and we're not going to be around every morning for the rest of their lives to do it for them. Does this mean buy a bunch of Lunchables for them to throw in a paper bag as they walk out the door? Up to you. I won't judge.

3. We are usually watching our finances, especially after starting a new business, but I try to buy extra school supplies in the beginning of the year and throughout the year. This way, when someone (usually Chloe) comes home and says, "Oh...I need a new spiral notebook for tomorrow", we don't have to fight the urge to sell her to the highest bidder. We already have supplies!

4. Use an online/mobile app organizer for all of your family's activities and different schedules. We use Cozi and couldn't live without it.

5. Get a flu shot right here at Bayard Pharmacy! Hey...it's my website...I can do a shameless plug! Seriously, though...the last thing anyone wants to deal with is the flu...let alone children or husbands with the flu.

6. Last but not least...stop feeling guilty. About everything. None of us have super powers (except Robert Downey Jr. *sigh*), so we can't be everywhere all the time. I am going to admit something now...don't tell anyone...I did not make it to ONE of my girls back-to-school nights this year. Not one. Do I feel badly about it? Sure. Am I upset for not winning Mother of the Year? Not really. Do I think my girls are now going to fail 10th, 8th and 6th grades because I didn't listen to a 80 minute review of their syllabus for the year? Not at all. Release the guilt, people!

I may or may not have a gaggle of more tips and advice, but I'm starting to bore myself so I must be boring you, my friends. I hope this little pep talk helps. We're all in this together!

Now...see you later when you come in for that flu shot!