Five Things I WILL and WILL Not Do This School Year

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For the majority of the world, back to school happens sometime this month or in early September. Unless you are my family, and then it happened last week, in July.


Yes, please go ahead and feel bad for me. I will accept gift cards for doughnuts and ice cream.

With the beginning of a new school year, I have decided that it is important for not only the kids to make some goals, but for me the mom to make a few as well.

So, here is a list of 5 things I WILL and WILL NOT do this school year.


We will start with what I WILL NOT do:

1. I WILL NOT show up every morning to school drop off in my yoga pants and a ponytail. I vow to wear real clothes when doing this at least 1 or 2 times this school year. How is that for progress?!

2. I WILL NOT pack one single BENTO lunch-box. Sorry kids, when I was your age I had a bologna sandwich and tortilla chips for lunch every day of my school existence. You should be grateful that I add in yogurt, fruit and other change-ups to your lunch.

3. I WILL NOT feel bad about missing some of my children’s events at school. For example, I will no longer feel guilty about not completely upending my schedule and the baby’s in order to see one of them lead the 25 second cheer at flag ceremony. If I can make it, and it’s important that I am there then I will be there.

4. I WILL NOT sell anything to raise money for the school. I will not buy one single roll of over priced and ugly wrapping paper or some crappy kitchen supply that will only sit in a cabinet in my home taking up space. Instead I will donate both money and time straight to the school and my children’s classrooms.

5. I WILL NOT do my children’s projects for them. I already have a bachelors degree. I did my time, and right now it is their job to learn everything they can during this school year, even if that means they fail sometimes. This will also mean that the projects they turn in will look like something a child their age would have done by themselves and not some glorified Pinterest project that I “helped” them do.

Now Here’s What I WILL do:

1. I WILL be involved in my children’s education. That means I will volunteer time in class and at school club activities when I can. Not overburdening myself when I can’t.

2. I WILL come and eat lunch with my kids so that I can meet their friends. I will be very much present during this school year, but not helicoptering.

3. I WILL help my kids work through the rough times. Sometimes kids are mean and unfortunately everyone will face this. I will keep communication open with both my children and their teachers and try to help them navigate any of these situations. I will be their advocate, their cheer leader and whatever other role that is needed to help them through these challenges.

4. I WILL more than likely be sitting in grueling heat and on uncomfortable benches for hours watching some form of team sports, school plays and more. I will do this because I love my kids and no matter how old they get, I still see them slyly looking around to check to see that I am sitting right there in those uncomfortable benches supporting them.

5. I WILL enjoy this time. This school year marks the end of junior high for one of my children and the end of elementary for another. I know how fast it all goes. Just a few years ago it felt like I was dropping off my oldest at kindergarten and now in just a few short weeks she will be turning 14. I have this time with them only once and I will not waste it.


Let’s do this! Back to school here we come!

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  1. I love what you will do this upcoming school year and admit that we don’t go back until September 2nd here, so I am truly not yet in back to school mode, but know I will be soon enough. Still, we are off to Disney for a whole week this Saturday, so I want to enjoy what is left to the fullest now here.

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      The yoga pants one is going to be hard, but I am going to try! We went back to school on July 30th, it was wicked early, but that is how Southern Arizona rolls. I guess we get a 2 week fall break, that will be nice, because the weather will be like what summer should be if it wasn’t hot enough to melt your skin off!
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  2. Do you guys do year-round schooling? We’re looking into it here. I think it would be a great benefit, even if the transition would be hard. This is a great list and I’m hoping you can accomplish it. I’ve got all three of mine in school for the first year this year!
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      It’s kind of like that, but not quite. We just get out early and go back early. Our school district has talked about doing it and I think I would like it. Other school districts in our area have implemented it and I hear a lot of great things from parents about the schedule.
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  3. I think you’ve got a viable plan here. I love the ‘will not’ list and I love the ‘will’ list even better. You rock.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺
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  4. I love all of these! Last year I was invited to a school meeting to see my daughter get an award. I just assumed it would be short and took the baby. It turned out to be an hour long, right during his naptime, and I spent the entire time out in the hallway trying to get him to stop yelling and listening to it echo down the hallway, yet stay close enough so I could hear when my daughter’s name was announced so I could run in, clap for her, and get the heck out of there! I’m not sure if any of us benefited much from my attendance at that particular event!
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  5. Sob. About school in July! That’s so icky!! We go back in September. But we’ll be there until late June, so… boo!
    Hear, hear about everything you say! I will go eat lunch with Scarlet and friends! We did that once last year and everyone looked at us funny. I guess it rarely happens in the school? Oh well. I loved those french toast sticks, personally.
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      I feel totally ripped off now, because there are no french toast sticks to be had at my children’s school! Well at least the salad bar is super cool. Can you believe kids have that now-a-days? I had frozen and sticky burritos and there was no such things as a salad bar or french toast sticks!

      Enjoy the rest of your vacation, school will start soon enough!
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  6. What a fantastic post. I seriously laughed at the bento lunch box part. I can’t even imagine… I mean “ain’t nobody got time for that”. Number for was awesome too. Since we homeschool I don’t have to deal with that but I do get random friends pushing that crud on me. No thank you.

    Your list of wills is pretty awesome too. I hope you guys have a great school year.

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      Seriously that is just it! Ain’t nobody got time for that! I know I feel bad saying no to people, but I have gotten to the point where I just tell friends I will give them 10 bucks to give to their school instead having to buy whatever they are trying to sell me. That seems to work!
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  7. Wow, I can’t imagine starting school in July. Sheesh! It was usually about mid-August for me. Now that I’m in grad school, it’s the last Wednesday of this month! Last semester though, so whoo! These are great lists though!! I know my parents always tried to go to what they could, but it wasn’t EVERYTHING and I was okay with that. :)

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  8. This is a great list. I am so with you on the projects, and I wish all the other parents would get on board with us!! And the fund raisers! Oh my goodness the fundraisers! I refused to do those too. If they were selling something good, I’D buy it myself, but other than that, I just gave money and time.

  9. Yes to all of this! I always wondered about Bento boxes. Seriously…they look all pretty when they’re packed up, but how likely is it that they still look anything like that after being transported to school, jostled in the hallway (especially since my kid will be running down the hall to make it to her seat in time), and then twirled around again on the way to the cafeteria. Not to mention all the extra dishes those things create. No. Not happening.
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  10. Wow. School starting in July. I need to think about what I will and will not do this year. My 6 year old is starting a new school. I think I’m more nervous than he is….I do my best to try and help him manage the situation without helicoptering. I still haven’t figure it out, but at least I’m trying.
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  11. This is a good reminder for the new school year! I can relate to the part about not feeling bad about missing a school event. It seems like my daughter, 10, has had classes the last few years where every other week there is some super special event showcasing the kids’ basket weaving skills at 10 am on a Tuesday, you know, smack dab in the middle of the work day. I totally support my kids and their teachers but don’t make me feel like crap because I can’t drop everything every week for all these special events.

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  12. LOVE your list! I too refuse to wear yoga pants to school pick-up and while it’s taken me three years of a child in school to figure this out, I will learn to say NO to signing up for every school/classroom activity. I officially will have two kids in school this year and only two more years with a “baby” at home. I vow to enjoy these last two years before I find myself with an entire day to myself and ironically, super lonely!

  13. Great list! Though I can not believe you head back to school so soon. Our local school starts the 29th of August I think. As homeschoolers we tend to wait to start school until October and use September as a time to get out and visit lots of places we avoided because of the crowds all summer long.
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  14. I just started thinking about back to school…but it’s in three weeks. Good luck to you. I agree with you on the yoga pants. I’m going to try one day a week – I’m looking into a capsule wardrobe. Although I really do love the lululemon /athleta look. :)
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