For those of you who had children starting or returning to school this month, how’s that going for you so far?
Coincidental timing and dumb luck allowed me to walk my kids – a sixth grader, fourth grader and a preschooler - to school on their first day then hop on a plane the very next day for a three-day work trip.
I only take two flights each year for work and this one was timed in a way that got me out of completing all of the school forms that are required. That’s right, dad had to take one for the team this year.
He completed our emergency contact cards, signed permission forms and waivers, and let each of the teachers know interesting tidbits about our children as requested.
I felt really bad for abandoning him like I did. So bad that I only managed to get through one book, two complimentary dinners and 24 hours of uninterrupted shut eye.
I carted the preschooler to at least 80 baseball games this summer so my time was due, people.
Now, a week or so into the new school year, I thought it would be a good time to grade myself on areas where I’ve excelled versus those that need attention.
Heidi’s report card
Completion of essential paperwork: A
Thanks to my wonderful husband, I rocked it.
Support of the PTA: B-
I paid my fees, voted for my school to win money from Target, but already missed a Family Dinner Night – which means a portion of the proceeds from my nonexistent meal did not benefit the school. I also haven’t signed up to assist with any class parties yet.
Staff Stalking: A+
Connected with principal and teachers online.
General understanding of what my kids are doing: C
Honestly, I couldn’t tell you which days are PE, art, music, etc. We’ve been at this routine for six years now and I still don’t have a clue what it means for my son to have an activity on Day 8. There are only seven days in the week. I’ve never been good at math and I feel like the school administrators are setting me up to fail on this one.
School attendance: A
Knock on wood, no one was sick or hurt during the first week. This is the first year I can make that statement.
Book bag excavation: D
I just don’t go there. As long as the zippers aren’t jammed with papers to the point they no longer work properly, I’m going to go ahead and assume my children are completing their assignments accordingly.
I’d love to hear how others are doing. Please share if you dare.
Heidi Woodard is a working-mom with three children.
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