First day of school: Is it time for a mom party, mimosas?

My girlfriend and mother of three is throwing a little mom party to celebrate the start of school.  She’s calling it “Mimosas in the Morning” and has invited about 15 moms over from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. to toast all the kids being back in school.

She’s actually doing it Tuesday morning instead of Monday morning because one friend’s child didn’t start school until Tuesday. That’s just as well because I feel like I have a ton of things to do to get back into the school grove.

My youngest starts kindergarten today and for the first time in 11 years I won’t have a little one at home with me! (More on this to come!! Check out first day of kindergarten and first day of middle school photos on our Facebook page later today. Also post your back to school photos as well.  Also I will be writing tomorrow on this crossroads in my life – no more babies at home, what’s a mom to do?)

I kind of want to sneak in a morning movie this week. We’ll see if I get my other work done.

What are your back-to-school first day traditions for the kids? What about for yourself? Do you sneak back into bed? Do you work in a quickie with hubby after they are all out of the door? Or just enjoy your quiet house for a few minutes before heading off to work?

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August 6th, 2012
6:07 pm

Meh- I work all summer for the district so no party here. Kids go back next Monday, and I am sure they will be glad to get rid of each other! Teachers came back today so I have been jumping through hoops. No pee break since 6 a.m. and no lunch break either! My girls get made from scratch meals at least 6 nights a week, so I don’t worry about that. Plus I get home earlier than the middle schooler, so no lost time there either.

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August 6th, 2012
8:02 pm

What about teaching class to adults or taking a class that intetests you? My mom did both of those things before she started teaching full time. Eventually she went back to the corporate world & one day she may decide to retire. My dad, despite his stroke & heart surgery still works full time too.


August 6th, 2012
8:27 pm

@ Jarvis. You’re talking about your situation which is much like mine. I would never give up my income because I can still be home with my kids after school, summers etc.. (because I work nights and weekends) I use my income to pay for housekeeping etc.. If your wife was not a teacher you would be paying for after school care, summer care, daycare every holiday etc.. Every situation is different. I, admittedly lashed out after your comment about moms who stay home after their kids go to school because I thought it was unfair. There was a time when this was the norm and I, for one, benefitted from having a mom who met me everyday when I get off the school bus and who had stress free mornings to talk and enjoy me before I went to school each morning. I never had a rushed morning or was up until 9 or 10 pm doing homework. I wonder how you would feel if your wife worked 12 months a year and was not home until 6pm every night. AND PLEASE everyone don’t think I am slamming teachers and saying that they don’t work as hard. They are simply not at work as long. Jarvis himself said his wife is home whenever the kids are. That is not the average working mom situation. Besides, almost every mom I know who stays home does some sort of work, selling Mary Kay, Keeping up an AJC blog etc… :-) Something to supplement the family income.


August 7th, 2012
11:01 am

My situation is a little different. I’m seeing my baby girl off to the army. She just graduated AIT and home until this Thursday and then it’s off to her base for 2 years or until deployment. We moved her up to NC last weekend into her new apartment and tried to get everything done in 3 days with 105 temps. 2nd floor apartment too so we were beat by the time we got done but at least she’s got a full set up apartment to start out in. The only thing that worries the crap out of me is that her husband is in Afganistan until October so she’s starting this new life alone and a long ways from home. This week has been spent cleaning her room out and getting it ready for her sister’s new baby due this month. A lot of changes in our house, one leaves the nest and a new one is joining it. Bittersweet moments for sure! Here’s a big HOOLAH for all our soldiers.


August 7th, 2012
11:04 pm

@jmb: Sending pleasant and happy thoughts your way. Good luck in everyone’s new adventures!


August 8th, 2012
12:54 am

@Augusta: Sorry, you sound just a tiny bit hypocritical on the subject of cars. OK, refuse to buy a car — i can see where you’re coming from on that. Lots of parents feel the same way, that a car is too expensive to treat like a toy.

On the other hand, I do take exception with your airy, “but for now, she can ride with friends.” I sure hope that while she is catching rides with friends, you or she’s offering to help pay for gas, etc. I find it interesting that you have no problem with her using her friends for transportation (and presumably taking advantage of THEIR parents helping with car payments, insurance etc.) while at the same time declaring some sort of odd superiority that your child will not have a car.

@LM: I’m with MJG — $500 is NOTHING for a first-time freshman. While you can probably scrape by with bare minimums, linens from home, etc., etc., most people haunt WalMart, Bed Bath and Beyond, Target, etc. as their upcoming freshmen get ready to take their first steps towards independence. Careful shopping can help, but things crop up — a bathroom rug, a router for their computer, a mattress pad, a comfy chair, etc. In most dorm rooms, one roommate brings the fridge, while the other brings the TV. A, mirror, closet extenders, etc. – it all adds up. And then, when they decide to move out of the dorm — furniture! (My daughter lucked out this year with the house she and her roommate have — the roommate’s parents sold their lovely home and are downsizing and moving to their lake home so the girls inherited LOTS of nice furniture. My daughter’s living room at school is nicer than mine!) $500? Pshhhht. Without even blinking. And then there are books . . . (rent the non-major books and return them, or pray they are e-books!)

Have just spent the last few days visiting with my son while my husband attends a multi-day conference in the town where he is working. Can’t tell you how proud I am of him, to see him successfully carving out a life and career. It just seems like last year we were doing back-to-school shopping, and now he is a college graduate on his own. When we ran into Target to pick up something, he looked over at the back-to-school stuff and said he kinda missed the “new year fresh start” aspect of a new school year — but a paycheck manages to console him! :-)