So, I survived the first week of school with minimal disruption other than the first day follies that I talked about last week. Thankfully! I did learn some lessons including co-parent tips that I wanted to share.
- Make sure that your Before and After Care situation is resolved before the school year ends. That way you won’t run into the problems that I had when I assumed that my application was accepted. Ugh!
- Make sure that your child has a new outfit for the first day of school. We didn’t have money growing up but my mom did have enough for one outfit for each of us. Munch’s dad had new pants only. His shirt was too small and I wasn’t happy because I called the night before to bring over his book bag, new shoes and asked did he have a new outfit for the first day. Yes is what he told me. He couldn’t find the new shirt and my son looked crazy. I went home and came back with a new shirt. I was disappointed because munch had a growth spurt towards the end of the school year and we both knew it. I wanted him to look like a shiny new penny on the first day which is what we experienced growing up. His dad’s mother would have never let him go outside looking less than shiny on the first day.
- Get back in the swing of things by preparing your meals in advance so that when you pick your child up you can heat up dinner instead of going out to eat every night. I just couldn’t get it together. However, my wallet knows. I’ll be prepared next week.
- Just buy the school supplies yourself if the other parent doesn’t mention anything. His dad didn’t offer to split the cost, get school supplies or reimburse me so I just didn’t worry about it. I wanted him to be prepared so I did it for munch.
- Either take the day off or mark a half day on your calendar so that you can meet everyone without having to rush off to a meeting. I did get to meet his teacher and principal on the second day so that was a blessing.
- Be sure to explain any changes to your little one in their normal schedule often. Munch couldn’t understand item #1 above and it disrupted his normal schedule. We talked about it 10 times until he felt he understood it.
Those were my lessons learned after the first week of school. I survived. What about you? Do you have any lessons you learned?