How To Not Prepare for the First Day

bigbrothersfirstdayLast week I felt like a terrible mother. Extreme, I know, but the guilt came over me. You see, I hadn’t done anything to prepare my kids for the first day of school.

Last June I had good intentions. I already had my soon-to-be (now) first-grader’s teacher assignment. I knew what children would be in his class. I knew the teacher’s website and I knew I had to email her with my preferred email so she could add all the parents to one distribution list.

But summer came. We got busy. I got sidetracked. I got lazy. Er, lazy about preparing that is. Did I mention we were busy?

I never emailed his teacher. I didn’t check her website for the supply list. I didn’t go school shopping for a nice new first-day outfit. I failed to schedule a hair cut or physical for my son. And it would be the first time ever at school for my 2 and 1/2-year-old. I intended to take him for a couple visits so the first day, week, month wouldn’t be so traumatic. I didn’t start making my kids go to bed early and waking them up early to get them on a school schedule either. Well, I tried a little. But again we were busy every night enjoying the long summer nights and frankly I enjoyed that I got a little peace and quiet to work every morning while they slept in.

Then it all hit me on Friday — four days before school would start, three shopping days really — that we weren’t prepared at all. So we shopped the picked over aisles of Target for school supplies, guessing on a couple of items because we were out of time to email his teacher. Then I enjoyed the rest of the long holiday weekend with my two growing boys.

Last night I sorted through shirt after shirt to find one without stains or missing buttons that would be suitable for a first day. I bathed them, read them only one story and tucked them in half an hour earlier than usual. Then I went back up a few minutes later by request to rub their heads until they fell asleep.

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Was I prepared for today? Kind of. Not really.

Did I get him to school on time and with a smile? Yes.

Did he have a fabulous first day of First grade? Absolutely.

—Sarah Jo Sautter, Parenting Program Blog Publisher and Editor

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