I always have very mixed emotions on the first day of school. I am sad that my special time with the kids is over and it is back to the grind. But I am also a little bit relieved to be able to pick up the house, buy groceries and get organized with only one child in tow instead of three. Plus, there is some comfort in getting back into a routine.
I do feel joyful because the start of school means that all of the moms (and dads) will be back from vacation and back on the blog.
So I have a cavalcade of back-to-school questions for you today. Starting with:
Would you describe yourself as:
Bummed because it’s too busy
Sad because summer was too short and you will miss them.
How do you feel about summer being over and school starting yet again?
The year Rose started kindergarten our school switched to a later schedule with school starting at 8:50 a.m. At the time I was relieved because we are so terrible at going to bed early and getting up early. However, starting that late meant they didn’t get off the bus until around 4. I did get that time closer to 3:30 by walking to get them but it didn’t give the kids much time to relax, do an activity or play, do homework, eat dinner, and get ready for bed.
Our favorite fill-in host Keith has always been on the earlier schedule in her county. Her kids were at the bus stop before 7 but were home around 2ish. They seemed to have more time to play and do activities.
So which is better for your sanity, for after-school activities, for your family’s free time, and for you as parents to have alone time? (We never seem to be alone!!!)
Also where did you buy them – Target/Wal-Mart or office-supply type stores? I spent $200 this year on two kids – which included one backpack and one lunch box. I split mine between Target and an office supply store for the stuff I couldn’t find at Target. But that seems really high especially in this economy!