If you did a random poll of people across the country and asked them what their favorite time of year was, I bet you’d get a variety of answers like the holidays, summertime, Halloween, etc. However, I bet if you specifically polled mothers of school aged children, especially if you asked them in June-August, you’d get the response ‘Back to School‘ more often than not.
By now, most Moms have probably purchased all the items their children need to get back to school. Everything from clothes and uniforms to school supplies, snacks and juice boxes for lunches. But, Moms, have you put your back to school list together yet??
10 Back to School Supplies for Mom
- Strong coffee set to automatically brew 10 minutes before you wake up. You know who hates getting out of bed early as much as the kids? In my house, it’s me. I haven’t woken up on my own, without a child or alarm clock for six years. I’ve also spent the summer training my kids to sleep in to 8am-9am each morning. I have done nothing to reverse this routine and we’re all going cold turkey starting Monday and getting up 1-2 hours earlier. To make it less painful on me, I plan on upping my coffee intake and not even attempting to wake them before I’ve had at least one cup lest I meet some resistance, give up and go back to bed.
- Some grab and go clothing like yoga pants, comfy jeans, etc. I don’t know about you, but I’m not getting up any earlier than I have to, and I’ve got no interest in an 8am fashion show. I try at least to keep my lounge-wear as nice as possible (meaning no holes, paint stains, etc.). There’s a time and a place for the latest fashion trends and the drop off line at the elementary school is not one of them.
- That book you’ve been dying to read. You know, the one that your kids kept you from reading all summer? New York Times best seller? Yeah, that one. Time to order it up.
- Bubble Bath. Yeah, I said it. Bubble Bath. It’s Mom time. That means not having to stick your head out of the shower with shampoo running down your face and burning your eyes yelling, “What was that crashing sound?” or “What’s that smell?” or “Why is it so quiet? What are you kids doing now?” ten times during your 3 minute rushed shower. It’s run a bath, pour in the bubbles and soak time. Maybe even bring your new book.
- Bon-bons, cookies, or whatever snack you don’t want to share with your kids. Buy and hide the snack and break it out while you catch up on all of your shows on DVR or while you watch your afternoon soaps.
- Crockpot (plus liners and recipes). Crockpots might be the best thing ever invented. I used to loved them when I worked full time and dinner would be ready when I got home, and I love them just as much now that I stay at home and afternoons become a circus. Crockpot meals can be everything from pot roasts, whole chickens, pork chops, stews and soups and so much more. Plus with the handy little liners there’s virtually no mess to clean up afterwards. So give yourself a break a couple nights a week and still look like a real Suzie Homemaker with a quick and easy crockpot meal.
- Get Social. You know who else is happy and wants to celebrate back to school? Other Moms! So host a luncheon with mini sandwiches and afternoon cocktails or better yet, go out and eat at a restaurant!
- Take a nap. Set your alarm for pick up time, turn on the noise machine, close the blinds and get horizontal. You’ll be refreshed and ready for the battles that lie ahead for the last part of the day.
- Hobbies, Housework and Helping. The three H’s of back to school. Got a hobby? Like to scrapbook, craft, or anything of the sort? How about organizing that closet or office? Need to get that vacuuming done? Why not volunteer in all your free time? Hell, you’ve got hours of free time now that school has started up, right?
- Pick your poison. I like wine. Pinot Grigio to be exact. I find it helps me unwind after an early morning of battling kids out of bed, a rough morning of bubble baths and reading followed by crockpot cooking and bon-bon eating while watching ABC Soap marathons. A glass or two could be just what the
doctordiva ordered to end a busy back to school day.
Who the hell am I kidding? I only have one kid starting Monday, a four year old in pre-K for a couple hours, and a two year old who has practically abandoned naps. Really it just means more running around, field trips, sick visits, and less daylight to get it all done. However, I do have hopes that this will be me in three more years when all three are in school five days a week! (A girl can dream, right?)
What about you? What did you do to get ready for the school year? Leave me a comment! And while you’re here, if you liked the post, please take a quick second and click on the link to vote for me on Top Mommy Blogs. Just one click casts an automatic vote for me! That’s it! Thanks!