Back to School’s a Breeze When You Get Past the Hype

back to school essentialsMy son, G, is starting first grade on Wednesday, and we’re all ready.

It was super easy this year actually.

This year, I feel kind of like a veteran at this back to school thing.

It only took me two phone calls to get the drop off and pick up schedule set. (Last year, I think it took me at least two weeks.) And I’ve already loaded all the vacation and early release days in my calendar.

Of course, it also helps that G is a very adaptable little boy. I don’t need to worry about him not adjusting well. He had a great time in kindergarten last year and was crushed when it was over. Then, he went to summer playground (camp) and had a ball.

Despite reading about G’s assigned teacher’s leave of absence in the local newspaper, I managed to meet his newly hired teacher at the drop-in event at his school last week. She sent a letter out within days that included a simple supply list, which we purchased for less than $5.00. (I’m guessing this price will go up as he gets older.)

I learned my lesson last year and spent my money on the two most essential supplies for school – the backpack and the lunch bag. I went cheap and cute last year for these items. Both were destroyed by the end of the year. We went with an LL Bean backpack and a super cool bento lunch box from Laptop Lunches. I spent more money, but these items will last longer, are more eco-friendly and backed by a lifetime guarantee.

G has been growing ridiculously fast, so I’m not worrying about a new wardrobe for school. We buy clothes and shoes every few months, when he needs them. If I buy too much of anything at once, he’ll grow out of it or the season will change. Plus, boys are easy when it comes to dressing. A couple pairs of sneakers, sandals or boots (depending on the season), jeans, khakis, some t-shirts, lots of socks and underwear. You’re pretty much good to go.

Sometimes I wonder why people make such a big deal about the whole back to school thing. G and I say bring it on.

Cross-posted from another jennifer
art, music, parenting, philanthropy and other musings from a working mom in brunswick, maine

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