1. I will be so ready and not ready at all for that first day. I’ll be ready to get back into a normal routine, with set bedtimes and waking times, a large chunk of the day where the children are at school, with no cause to tell me they’re bored. But, I’ll not be ready to let go of the lazy days of summer when we can spontaneously decide to go do something fun.
2. The school supply list will seem too long. With three kids, it will seem near impossible and I’ll wonder why I need to buy a total of 150 pencils and 90 glue sticks, along with a host of other things. Though then I’ll remember what it was like to be a teacher who constantly ran out of supplies, having to use my own money to buy them and I’ll throw in extra pencils and glue sticks and whatever else is on sale.
3. Summer clothes work as a back-to-school wardrobe. While a special, new outfit is usually in order for the first day of school, it’s still warm enough for the same shorts and tees my kids have been wearing all summer. So it’s okay not to buy a new wardrobe just because it’s a new school year. Wait until it’s colder or until they have a growth spurt.
4. The durable backpack in a fun color is always a better buy than the flimsy character one, which I’d have to replace within months. Save the fun characters for the lunchbox, folders, and notebooks.
5. I’ll worry about who my children’s teachers are. Not because my kids are special snowflakes who need to have the best, but it’s true that some teachers just aren’t the right fit for every child. And having had some amazing teachers who have loved my kids in the past, it’s a letdown when that connection isn’t there.
6. The alarm clock will not be our friend. Too many summer mornings of getting up whenever we feel like will mean it will take weeks to adjust to having to be out the door at a certain time.
7. School lunches don’t have to be a big deal. I’ll pack what my child will eat, even if it ends up varying very little from day to day. And some days, I’ll send them off with lunch money, ignoring Pinterest and its cutesy Bento lunches.
8. The drop-off and pick-up lines will be a disaster. Until everyone settles into a routine, figuring out how it works or deciding it’s not worth it and choosing the bus instead, the lines will be agonizingly long.
9. Someone will have too much homework, right from the start. It will seem excessive and maybe it will continue seeming that way all year long. But it will eventually become just another part of the daily routine.
10. I’ll be more anxious about that first day then my kids could ever be. But, they’ll be just fine.