Below is blog post from Shanahan Real Estate Group's Christine Curtin about the back to school routine, from a mother's perspective. Thanks, Christine!
Back to School Reminders - Part 1: Mornings
Dear Boys, I know it's been a long summer (God knows it's been a long summer) and during that time, some rules have been allowed to slip. In the interest of smoothly transitioning to the new fall schedule, I felt it would be in everyone's best interest to post a few reminders. Each day, you will be required to wake up. I know you are fully capable of waking up in the predawn hours of summer so it only stands to reason you can also emerge from your bedrooms at a time suitable to complete all morning tasks and still arrive at school on time. Speaking of tasks, each morning you will be required to change out of your pajamas and place school-appropriate clothing on your body. If mom is on top of her game, those clothes will be placed on top of your bureaus. They include but may not be limited to: pants/shorts, shirt clean underwear (yes, every day) and clean socks. The act of dressing should take place in your rooms. Upstairs. The living room is not an appropriate place to change or casually hang out naked. Your parents are legally obligated to provide a breakfast of somewhat healthy, energy-producing, brain-feeding foods. You are legally obligated to accept one of the two to three breakfast items offered daily. You may have noticed that your personal preferences lean toward a pretty starch-heavy list. For the love of God, from time to time, please eat a banana/apple/yogurt! Brush your teeth. You are both old enough to lose teeth. The replacements are the last set God will ever give you. Take care of them. "I brushed them really well last night" is not an acceptable answer. Also? Have you smelled your own morning breath? Seriously. Your hair will be gelled into place for the foreseeable future. Mom has an irrational fear of lice and her only louse remediation plan involves shaving everyone's head and burning the house down. Don't make me do it. We leave for school at 8:15. To clarify, at 8:15 am, you are required to get off the couch/floor/table, pick up your backpack from its designated spot in the dining room, walk out the front door, and get into the car. It's really that simple. Boys, thank you for your attention and anticipated cooperation. Once we've had a chance to internalize this list, you can look forward to the next in the continuing series: II. School Arrival Etiquette (subtitled: stop climbing on your classmates) III. Post-School Activities (subtitled: it's your homework, I've already completed grammar school) IV. Baths and Bed (how not to flood the bathroom) I'm so very proud of both of you and looking forward to a nice, long, fun, school year! Love you, Mommy