Every time I turn on the tv these days, which is not often (we have Netflix), the back to school ads slap me in the face. Parenting websites and magazines are full of tips and tricks to guide you through the perilous preparation days leading up to the start of school.
I would like to take a moment to remind all of you that:
SUMMER IS NOT OVER YET!
You still have a couple of precious weeks to enjoy the weather and your somewhat more relaxed schedules. Don’t waste your time poring over school supply lists – your kids won’t use any of that stuff during their first week back. Plus, they’ll lose everything by the end of the second week. You might as well start fresh during week 3 of school.
Forget about clothes shopping, you have no idea what all of the other kids will be wearing yet. It takes a few weeks for kids fashion trends to emerge. Besides, chances are your kids will grow out of everything you buy by mid-October.
Use your remaining summer days wisely, ignore the looming start of September and make the most of the last of summer.
Of course, my kids haven’t started school yet so what do I know.