A couple years back, the Vice Principal at my older son’s school approached me at pick-up time. “Your son has been marked tardy four times this semester,” she said with a smile.
“Yes!” I said, smiling back. I thought she was giving me a compliment. We were walkers, and getting the three of us there on time every day but four sounded downright miraculous. I figured she had seen me struggling with Henry, who at the time was a particularly ornery 3 year old who typically woke up with a full, “wardrobe malfunction,” if you get my drift. He did not enjoy starting his day by walking his brother to school one bit, and a typical morning included at least one sit down strike.
I waited for the praise to come.
“You know if he gets five, we have to have a meeting.”
Turns out, I was not being complimented. I was being scolded, and if we didn’t all step our game, I was going to be formally scolded. Sigh.
Why am I telling you this? Because it’s back to school time for big kids this week, and I really felt I had to do some sort of back to school post. Clearly, though, I may not be the best person to give it…
But, I know all of you will have some great tips! So, whether you’ve got big kids, little kids, or a crew you’re home schooling, let us know your best ideas for keeping it all together this time of year.
Plus, I’ll randomly select one comment, and the winner will receive a copy of The Top 100 Recipes for a Healthy Lunchbox by Nicola Graimes. It’s full of out of the (lunch) box recipes that are tasty but not too tricky. If you’re not packing lunches this year, you can use it to spice up your own routine! If you’d like to win but don’t have a tip, that’s o.k. too. Just leave a comment with your fav lunchbox treat, or say, “Pick me!”