BACK TO SCHOOL CHECKLIST

BACK TO SCHOOL CHECKLIST

Last week was Back to School week for kids and the night before the BIG DAY I heard from a very dear friend. Her son was going to school the very first time and she was looking for some words of wisdom from Me aka the experienced mom.

My friend’s call actually put me in some serious self-doubt …. When did I qualify for this? Do I qualify to give such advice? Especially when most of my brain capacity is consumed by my job. I wondered if I was myself forgetting something.

But I truly wanted to help. So, I got down to business and put a back to school checklist to help everyone stay a bit more organized. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and the same way there goes days of labor behind sending kids back to school.

4 WEEKS BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS:

Sort through the old clothing, donate what no longer fits and purchase new clothing
Time to go on a shopping spree as the kid’s would have outgrown most of their last year’s fall clothing, vertically or horizontally.

Sit down with your planner and mark the important dates in entire school calendar.
This one is totally optional, like I just had a Post-It Note on my fridge with the most notable date: SCHOOL STARTS TUESDAY! DON’T BE LATE!

Sign up for fall sports and after school activities.
Don’t settle for less and plan ahead. You might want to keep them busy even after the school hours

2 WEEKS BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS:

Purchase backpack, lunchboxes, and water bottles for each child.
No, not the growth spurts to be blamed for everything. But who uses last year’s stuff.

Haircuts for everyone.

Prepare the week’s lunch menu.

Make a “favorite foods” list for each of your children and don’t even think of consulting the kids on this one.

Stock up on the lunch basics like juice, napkins, Ziplocs, sandwich bags, and snacks.
Snacks being most critical part of them all, like we might end up wiping our hands on our shirts, but we could never run out of Goldfish.

Purchase work supplies like pencils, markers, crayons, etc.
This one could be postponed to a week after the school. No school wants to burden kids in the very first week ….. have you not heard of mental health?

Start getting kids back on their bedtime routine. 

THE NIGHT BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS:

Manage your kid’s anxiety of going back to school ….. Mental Health sake

Tone up your vocal cords

2 months is a looong time and there’s a high probability that you’ve lost your touch! Practice screaming & yelling, remember, in the morning you would need a voice loud enough to wake the dead.

Make sure that your camera is full charged and ready for first day photos.

You must be tired by now, please delegate this one to hubby. I would also tell him what a Perfectionist I am. I might look like an underachiever, but I will cut someone if I don’t get fabulous first day of school pictures.

THE DAY SCHOOL STARTS:

Don’t forget to tell the kids that how terribly you’re gonna miss them …. Mental Health sake

Do not miss on anything in excitement while you drive down to school…. neither of your kids, neither of their bags.

Confession – like I did miss taking my younger one’s bag last year and that’s another lengthy story that I would keep for another blog post.

Book a patio table

Exit the house, you & hubby have totally earned that lunch date 😉



1 thought on “BACK TO SCHOOL CHECKLIST”

  • Thanks Misha.. it was such a pleasure to read your post! The Start And finish being my favourite parts. Great tips and suggestions!

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