10. Get your supplies. Do so without succumbing to the gimme monster or any other reportedly essential need for glitter glue or sparkle pencils.
9. Go to open house. This is the must-do activity of our back-to-school rituals. Kids get to connect with old friends and meet the new teacher before day one.
8. Clean out that pit of a bedroom. Everyone will understand something big is happening a lot quicker with an environment change. Nothing says school is coming like being able to see the floor for the first time all summer!
7. Line up the approved wardrobe for first day of school and beyond. For those of you with temperamental five year olds or fashion-challenged third graders, the sooner this happens the better. Fill the drawers with only pre-sanctioned color and design choices. Let the rest go to Goodwill!
6. Stock the frig with after school snacks. This will improve motivation to sit down at the table first thing in the door and cracking on that homework. Having something to look forward to on the snack platter is a lovely consolation prize for the agony of math or science.
5. Give that new bedtime a whirl. And while you're at it--how about that new wake up time as well? Better to know now what you are up against in making the switch to saner hours. Good advice on that front here.
4. Get your sidewalk chalk ready and get those camera batteries charged while you're at it. Nothing soothes first day jitters like putting some good energy out there yourself.
3. Put your best intentions out there. Ask your kids what the best things are they could wish for in the new school year. Write them down, put them in a little wish jar and see what happens next. Good to know as soon as possible it's okay to dream big.
2. Get a great night sleep. Like the night before Christmas and the day of Halloween, I'm not sure how this can possibly happen, but give it the old college try. It's your motherly obligation.
1. Send them off with a big woohoo! We have an old friend who used to yell out the car window or the front door "Woohoo, world!" anytime her kids did anything exciting, noteworthy or just plain fun. Letting your kids know you're excited for them helps them show their deep down excitement, too.
What's left on your to do list before school starts?