It’s back to school time and if you are anything like me, you once again find yourself way in over your head as the day draws near. Unlike many parents who jump for joy over such an occasion, I loathe this time of year finding it more unbearable than the Christmas season. And just like the spirited holiday, it comes the same time every year, yet here I’m surprised about how fast the summer came than went.
With two elementary aged girls that try to look sixteen and one teenage boy going through that awkward waldo phase, I’m sinking faster than ever. Backpacks, paper, pens, pencils, crayons, shoes, skirts, jeans, accessories, etc…
Not to mention the fact that I did not prepare my wallet for the insurmountable cost which is going to hurt worse than the summer coming to its untimely end. Registration alone has already put a $205.00 deficit in the bank account.
Since I’m completely unprepared for next Tuesday, I will no doubt be one of those dim wits at Wal-Mart freaking out about not being able to find an imperative supply because every store in this too small of town will be inevitably sold out. Hence the purpose of this tidbit.
Setting myself up for success is the key as there is no doubt there is hope for those of us who procrastinate till the bitter end. So with list’s in hand, just like the jolly fat man, I will enter into oblivion this next weekend with hopes that I will not get trampled by those more desperate than I.
Here is my plan of attack:
1) Go through the school supply list to see what I need more than one of. Duplicate items may entail things such as pencils, paper, tissues, and so on.
2) Take one child at a time when shopping. Not only will this save time, it will indubitably save my sanity. After the shopping it’ll be off to the salon for that stylish haircut. Then we will have a one on one lunch together and make it a bonding experience.
3) Reward yourself for your hard work. Get a pedicure for those sore and tired feet, a massage for that aching back, or buy that little black dress you’ve been eyeballing all summer then treat yourself to a nice dinner.
Back to school shopping is one big pain in the derriere, however it doesn’t have to hurt so bad. Even if it’s put off until the very last minute, make the experience a good one.