This is the last week of the girls’ summer vacation. In July. Don’t even get me started.
This year is 9th and 7th. Two different schools, two different school districts, two different break schedules. Its going to be interesting.
I’m trying to do some things differently this year.
- I’m not stressing about getting them back to the “school time” schedule. Its summer, and school mornings are never going to be easy at the beginning of the year. Both girls are stressing in their own ways, so letting them burn off their energy and stress while running around outside and sleeping in a little later isn’t going to bother me this year. The excitement of the first couple days of school will work in their (and my) favor next week. It helps that my memories of trying to get them back on the school time schedule are filled with frustration, whining, complaining and more frustration. And never really seemed to help much.
- *Most* of the school supplies are coming out of our existing stash. It finally occurred to me that there is not a 7th grade stash of colored pencils where everyone takes what they need like in kindergarten. The ones I supply are for my kid to use. And she can use the ones she’s already broken in. It is a bonus that she decided that instead of using binders, she wants an accordion file, and I just happened to clean out the one I used for my masters thesis. Score on re-using a 17 year old office supply!
- I am no longer monitoring screen time. For the next couple days, I choose not to fight that fight (too much). When school starts, there is not that much time for TV watching (except for K on the bus to school), so… whatevs.
- I am not providing a running countdown of how much time they have left and badgering them about how they feel about it. I don’t know why I’ve done this in the past. It was annoying, and I knew it at the time. I’m making an effort not to bug them this year, and they seem to appreciate it. Although I can’t completely not mention the transition, I try to keep it to questions like, “is there anything special you want for breakfast that day/week?”
- I’m thinking more about how to make the morning routine a little easier on all of us. This year is going to be interesting, and I want to help them be as autonomous as possible while making sure that everything that needs to happen in the morning actually happens. Like, on time. And it is finally dawning on me that this requires more than a wish and a prayer. I’m still trying to figure out exactly what to do, but I’m working on it.
One of the strangest things about this year is that the girls will go back to school on different days. That hasn’t happened in 7 years. Only time will tell if that helps with the feeling of a nice gradual transition or just an extended period of absolute craziness.