Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Back to School: 5 Signs the School Year Has Started

It’s coming! The back to school season! The return of homework, valet lines, and lunchbox dilemmas. Here are a five signs the school year has started.

The school supply section at Target (or other big box store) looks like something out of a post-apocalyptic scene from
I am Legend.
, I know it’s pretty exciting to get spiral notebooks for 3 cents but perhaps leave a few pencils and Minions folders for the people who were ‘left behind.’

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 http://ctt.ec/3oD4R When the school supply section at Target looks post-apocalyptic #backtoschool

The amount of alarms/notifications on your phone has quadrupled.
Each week, my daughter has an early release day. There are also frequent minimum days. I don’t ever want to be that parent who has to do the ‘walk of shame’ because I forgot to pick up my child at school.  So, I have a lot of alarms on my phone to make sure I never forget.  In general, the start of the school year signals more extracurricular activities, playdates, and school functions.

Residential traffic and double parking is out-of-control.
When the school year starts, the residential streets are suddenly flooded with cars. And, if there is a school function in the morning, I’d rather walk the mile to my daughter’s school, even with a tired three-year-old, than try to find a parking spot. I don’t know about you, but people in my neighborhood get a little desperate when they are running late. Parking spots that aren’t really parking spots get used and people try to sneak into the valet line. Luckily, there are a lot of great crossing guards that help keep order.

Lunch box pin heaven.
I notice that as the school year draws near, darling lunch box pins start taking over my Pinterest feed. From sandwich faces to lunch box notes, there are enough ideas to easily plan around 180 of the cutest school lunches you’ve ever seen. I begin happily pinning homemade fruit roll-ups and peanut butter banana sushi. Yet, by week two, my kids are lucky if they get a heart-shaped sandwich, some store-bought crackers, and a fruit leather (also store-bought).  

The paper trail.
 I’m so glad many of the schools have decided to put the school emergency cards online. Still, during the first few weeks of school, there is plenty of paperwork to be signed, homework to be completed, and important notices to hang onto. I have a steel safe a few baskets to keep important school papers contained, and away from my dog who eats paper like it’s raw steak, and away from my three-year-old who has a tendency to draw on everything stuff.

I have mixed feelings about my daughter going back to school and my son starting preschool. On one hand, I’ll miss going to the beach on a weekly basis. 
On the other hand, it’s nice to have a little more structure.

Bring it on, back to school! I'm ready for you!

So what about you? Are you overjoyed, sad, or indifferent about the start of school?  Tell me in the comments.

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