As a child I remember being perpetually enveloped by a melancholic cloud of sadness during the last few weeks of August, as it signaled the end of summer. And now, as a mom, I sense this identical tinge of sadness in my 13-year-old daughter Madi who has already begun fretting about the shift from feasting on Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey till the wee hours of the night to the onslaught of fourth grade school night rules like homework and no sugar past 7pm.
While I’m doing my best to counteract my son’s end-of–summertime blues and offset his malaise about beginning a new school year, it is with a heavy heart. Like many parents-I’m more than ready to get my kids back into a take-no-prisoners, we’ve got to stay on a schedule or else I’ll be getting calls from your teachers that you’re falling asleep in class routine, but at the same time it’s another summer of firsts, that passed far quicker than I’d anticipated and will now only live on in my memories as my kids are gearing up for their new school year pursuits.
Fortunately there’s not much time to be maudlin and dwell on the evanescence of time and how quickly my kids are morphing into little people- because these next few weeks are all about getting into back to school mode- The Staten Island Family style. I’m all about stockpiling school supplies, sizing my daughter’s uniforms (which ones can she still wear from last year!) and getting my son up to speed on fourth grade politics!
Keep reading for information on how to help your kids ease back into school mode and your chance to win a $50 Gift card to STAPLES (And Stay tuned for a Staples Back to school Video haul with my 13 year old Madison!)! read more »