Somebody sent me a list of 55 Things To Do Before School Starts. Seriously? I cant think of 55 things to do before I die, much less before next week. But here are a few of their suggestions:
Ease back those bedtimes. I totally disagree, because all kids do is scream and complain that its not fair because its still summer, and they wont be tired. Let em stay up as late as they want, and when theyre drooped over their cereal the first day of school, you cheerfully sip your coffee and say, told ya so.
Do a dry run before the first day of school to see how long everything takes. For us its not how long everything takes, as much as its how fast can we do it. Our first dry run is 20 minutes. But we get it down to 11 when we figure if they brush their teeth outside, they can watch for the bus while they rinse with the hose then make a run for it.
Use a giant desk calendar to fill in all the kids activities and school events. We actually use Luxors 4-foot Wide Double-Sided Whiteboard Easel, its easy to flip and its on wheels, making it easy to roll from the kitchen to the den, or to block anyone from leaving the room during planning meetings.
Get haircuts. The only thing that makes kids madder than going to bed early a week before school starts and getting blocked into a room by a giant whiteboard easel, is cutting their hair. Wait for a teacher workday. Or Christmas.
If you havent already, force the kids to finish up summer reading. Or quickly start some.
Get the older kids to practice penmanship with the younger ones. BWAHAHAHAH I just dropped my dry-erase marker!
Prep kids for sports tryouts and talk about what happens if they dont make the team. I got this one: Son, if you dont make the team then you wont be on the team. Check.
Have a friendly, family discussion about homework. Problem with this one is that therere three words in that sentence that have nothing to do with homework and they are friendly, family, and discussion. But whatever.
Post a list of useful phone numbers for the coming year. Already got it. The babysitter and Pizza Hut.
Institute a most organized backpack contest to be judged the first day of school. BWAHAHAHA somebodys SNIFFING the dry-erase marker!
Go on that outing youve had on your list all summer but have yet to accomplish. Oh, alright, Ill go to the grocery store . . .
Walk around the neighborhood with the whole family. I cant really do this one, because this is actually how I punish everybody.
Set your DVR to record the new fall season of TV shows. Now THIS is a good tip. I almost forgot Nashville starts Sept. 25.
Better get that on the board.