Our school is a full-time job for me! Don’t get me wrong I love my children’s school, especially their teachers but honestly I’m finding it hard to keep up with all the extra things going aside from managing their day to day schedules of getting them to and from school every day, lunch, who has gym, show and tell, art class, before school choir, etc, etc. So what could be going on in addition to all of this you ask?
The first week of school is already gong show, but of course we have the School Family Picnic … POTLUCK? The following week I have two assigned snack days riddled with all sorts of allergies; oranges, strawberries, marshmallows, poppy and sesame seeds, dairy, and nut free of course. I had to come up with something other than a cardboard box to serve.
We also have volunteer hot lunch sign up, which I always avoid signing up until Lil J begs me because someone’s mom came, and that other kid’s mom came twice already!?! So that said, I throw in a hot lunch volunteer day which requires me to warm the meal, plate it, serve it, clear it, load everything in the dishwasher, and clean up the eating area after. BASICALLY A REPEAT OF BREAKFAST AND DINNER AT OUR HOUSE EVERYDAY.
Come October they schedule school photo day and Halloween dress up day in the same week, clearly turning regular morning madness into complete insanity. I know I wasn’t the only parent who needed a drink before 10am. A week later we squeeze in three parent teacher interviews which are scheduled either before school starts (or you already know our mornings are a train wreck) or after school already reserved for the race to eat, get to scheduled after school activities, and back home to begin our countdown to bed.
Two weeks after this we have the Holiday Concert where each child is required to dress the part (all different of course). Then Family Skating day, where I need to find skates that fit each child because we do not skate, therefore have no skates. Yes, we are Canadian and don’t skate, don’t get me started on that now. We have Talent Show Day, where parents are encouraged to “practice every day with your child to prepare them” and last and but not least Pajama Day. You would think this would be as easy as everyone brushing and eating breakfast skipping the dressing part of our wild morning, but noooooooooooooo, the selections were particular and diva if you ask me.
I was pleased to see on our December school calendar that there were two weeks where there was not one additional activity scheduled and as I started silently jumping up and down and throwing air high fives around to no one, I realized… this is school X’mas holidays CRAP!