Oh wait, I’m not panicked.
Do my kids have clothes? Check.
Backpacks? Check (last year’s seem to work still).
School supplies? Check (well, enough to get them through the first week when there isn’t any homework).
Am I alone in thinking this whole Back-to-School frenzy is made up by marketers and big box stores? Because we aren’t spending the next week or two combing the malls for a new fall wardrobe. We aren’t buying our boots and scarves now. I know I generally fall into the lazy category of parenting but I really don’t think that I am underestimating the needs for the first few days of school. I even feel like the phrase Back-to-School needs to capitalized like it is the name of a disease or a major historical event.
Luckily, my kids don’t get those major lists of stuff they need to bring to school to make the classroom function. Once in a while a teacher may ask if anyone has some spare tennis balls for the bottom of some chairs but we are lucky to go to a school that can afford to buy everything it needs.
We will shop as things come up, as their toes start wiggling out of their shoes, as the weather cools down and as I get those emergency notes from the teacher.
Until then we will be enjoying the last few weeks of summer.