Hey, hey! Happy Friday! I hope you are doing awesome on this beautiful day!
I saw this on my feed this week, and I totally laughed. Jesus while you are at it, you can take the gas bill too!
Today, I am sharing my back to school check-list for our two resident middle schoolers. 🙂 It’s our 2nd and 3rd time around the block when it comes to middle school prep, so I thought it might be helpful to share the tips and tricks that work for us each year!
Schedule all the appointments
The Dentist, the Eye Doctor, a well visit for a School Physical, Hair Appointments: I try to get it all in a few weeks before school starts so that we aren’t running around doing that in the few days leading up to school starting. I feel like that week prior is always a crazy time with back to school activities, so if I can avoid spending a bunch of time in appointments then everyone feels a little less stressed.
Back to School Shopping
Since my kids wear uniforms, we make sure to try on uniform tops and bottoms to see how it fits and decide what is needed for our upcoming school year. We take inventory of shoes, backpacks, Athletics/PE uniforms, locker storage needs, and school supplies. For our school, we order school supply packs the year before, but if you are unsure what is best you can reach out to parents with older kids..they can usually tell you what worked best for them/what they learned along the way. 🙂
Easing back into that routine
I don’t know about your house, but our teens’ schedules got all kinds of relaxed over here this summer! We are sloooooowly easing everyone back into a normal routine ( you know: the kind where you are awake mostly during the daylight hours vs the overnight hours. hahaha!) I’m sure we won’t totally get to the early morning wakeups and we will still be tired those first few weeks of school, but at least we’re heading in the right direction.
Find a Family Calendar that works for you and your crew
I love a paper calendar for my personal calendar, but this year we will be doing something electronic that’s shared for our family to keep track of all of the practices, school commitments, and such. I will keep you posted on what works best for our crew as we try different things out! This year promises to be a busy one, so we will need to be extra busy and diligent!
Review Expectations and then have some FUN!
I am a big picture thinker, so I always think back to school time is a great to review expectations for the year (especially academically and spiritually)…and then follow it by having some fun. After all, that’s what summer is all about right? 🙂
If you are in the position, give back
Back to school time is expensive, and this week I was reminded about how many people even within Mckinney (and I am sure your area as well) are struggling with their basic needs. It really doesn’t take much to make a difference in this kind of situation. Maybe you can find a family or single parent to buy groceries or gas for just to ease the burden temporarily? This can free up their resources for something else that they need to do this time of the year for their children. If you need help finding someone to do this for, check with a local church, a lower income school in your city or area, or your local homeless shelter. Loop in your kids on this one–building compassion and empathy in our kids is one of the best ways you can prepare them for the school year and just life in general .XO
Okay, I think that’s it for today! See you back here next week! XO Narci