Friday, September 9, 2011

Learnings: First Week Back to School

Hindsight is always 20/20, isn't it? At least it is for me much of the time.

For many of us, this week was the first foray back to school after some time, and along with the excitement, I'm pretty confident in saying that there were likely lots of tears in households everywhere. At least there were in mine.

For as much as I tried to follow the organizational rules regarding back to school (my own included), there were, inevitably, some hiccups that occurred. Mom and dad were not completely on the ball and, alas, some things fell through the cracks.

To wit: 
  • It is now Friday afternoon and I have still not completed the requisite tome that has been presented to be under the guise of "important information about your child" that was to be completed by day two;
  • I did not implore upon my daughter the importance of emptying her knapsack each night and invariably scrambled to find those important forms as well as empty the day's residues from said knapsack on the morning of the next day (with much irritation and frustration, no less)
  • I am still in Laundry Hell (now more so than ever, with two two-year-olds exercising their bladders and bowels at will in their new back to school clothing)
We all do our darnedest to follow the rules and circumvent the inevitable meltdowns that add that wonderful flavour to our days. Unfortunately, life gets in the way, dinner gets burned on the stove, you're too tired to do yet another load of laundry and your kids end up scrambling the next morning. I know in my heart of hearts that it's okay and that life goes on, but it's so hard to admit that sometimes we just don't get it right, isn't it?

The good thing is that every day's a new day and these small setbacks are lessons that we can use to make things better in the weeks and months to come. That said, here's what I learned from this first week back to school:
  1. Bananas left in knapsacks for more than on hour change their chemical composition and become interestingly pungent;
  2. Not completing school forms when they are supposed to be handed in will earn you the "side-eye" from some teachers, though no on will say anything to your face; email or notes in your child's knapsacks to "please send back the forms" may appear, however;
  3. Bath time after a long day at school or daycare can often coincide with meltdowns, in spite of your best efforts.
There. That's what I learned this week. Onward and upward for week two.

On a related note, I did do some things right - got things underway for day one before all H**L broke loose, and talked about it on-air. Here are my latest tips for organizing kids for Back to School before the mayhem ensues.

How was your first week back? Was it mayhem or did it run smoothly? What learnings did you take away from this week?


Make Mommy Chic said...[Reply]

Hi, back to school week was both terrifying and rewarding- terrifying for the kids because they were so used to summer camp and goofing around all summer and rewarding for me because I actually got my act together and got all of their back to school stuff ready the night before. Let's not forget that going back to school is a lot of work for the parents too, it means constant nagging for the kids to get their homework done. Ugh. Thanks so much for the post!

Samantha said...[Reply]

@Make Mommy Chic
That's the great thing about back to school time - that it forces you to get your act together in some way because you HAVE to! Having the time off in the summer is great, but the scheduling that is part and parcel of school's daily routine is a good thing for many of us who need that little "push."
Thanks for commenting!

Holly Ann said...[Reply]

Lol. You know I was so organized on day 1, but things tended to go downhill from there. Oh well. :)

Melanie said...[Reply]

Sam! I finally watched this segment. You were amazing on Canada AM and on the first day of school no less! Extremely impressive. Can you do a post on organizational tips in general? I feel like I would a lot!

Also, as the resident style guru here at MMM, I have to say, LOVED your look and the fabulous statement necklace you wore. Well done!

Samantha said...[Reply]

@Holly Ann Holly, I think that being completely organized is a bit of an illusion, really. As much as I'd like to say that I have it all together all the time, the truth is I don't - and most moms don't either. It's a hard thing to do when kids are in the just have to do the best you can and hope that people understand. Thanks for commenting!

Samantha said...[Reply]

@Melanie Thanks, Mel!! Your support means a lot, especially when it comes to fashion as you know it's a struggle for me. A style maven I am not!
As for the organizational tips, it's a work in progress as well, but I will definitely do a future post on what I've learned and what works! Thanks for the kind words :)

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