As school approaches, some young ones are entering the halls of academia with bated breath and a full back pack with shit nobody needs. Parents watch, teary eyed as their son or daughter board the crammed school bus teaming with like-minded juveniles waiting to trade sandwiches and securing the best seat for the rest of the year, all the while thinking their teacher is going to resemble the wicked witch of the west and be the meanest thing since Gordon Ramsay yelled “Get the hell outta ma kitchen!”
IN my house, my youngest son is entering his last year of junior high. It seems like he’s been there forever. D2 is starting University and is quaking in her proverbial rubber boots and D1 is beginning nursing school. She seems to have grasped the phrase “shit-wiper” very well. Ahhh…the future looks very interesting for ma brood…
In starting the school year off right, I thought I would dispense some tips to assist with all the scheduling, fighting, crying and air-punching that may occur in the coming days…and with the kids’ having to watch us do all those things. Yeah. Let’s not forget the kids. It’s not always about you. Geesh.
1. *It pays to pay. That’s right. Pay somebody to get all the school supply shit that your kids need so you can spend more time shopping for important things like wine. And, shoes to wear to the 10 minute parent’s meetings at report card time. ‘Cause really, what else are you gonna talk about to the twenty-something teacher just out of university and worried about going to the bar on Friday night with her boyfriend? Pfft…
2. *Don’t stress about what ‘other’ parents are giving their kids for lunch. Throw caution to the wind and give them the healthy non-allergenic, peanut-free, organic, sugar-free, soy-based, gluten free shit we all grew up on and loved. That leaves a tossed salad with fat free dressing and an apple. YUMMY! Don’t forget the tofu cookie with carob chips! A kid’s gotta have some fun.
3. * Fashion…where’s Stacy London when you need her? The kids are concerned about shit that we have no clue existed and NEED us to buy it for them. It’s like our God-given duty as parents to wander the earth in search of the latest this or that to make them look…like what exactly? Like a super-model from California? Puhleeease. Throw them a pair of jeans from Walmart and tear off the dreaded George label, affix one you made with pieces of fabric from hand-me-downs that their cousin gave you like a dozen weeks ago and voila! An instant ‘new designer’ label from New York that the Olsen twins endorse, and you bought off the internet that ONLY YOUR KID has. She thinks you’re fucking awesome and you get the Mom of the Year Award for Originality and Creativity. Win- Win! You rock!
4. * Homework…we all know this sucks royally, but the kids have to do it. So let’s all take a breath before submitting to the dreaded homework duty like an addict before random drug trials, and take stock in knowing that homework will NEVER go away. And besides…we all have Friday drink nights to kill a few more brain cells, so when we do go back to assisting our kids with the homework, we can answer honestly that we have no fucking clue how to do any of the math they have placed in front of us. Google it, kid. It’s the new encyclopedia.
I hope you have all found these tips useful in the coming days.
Good luck and good schooling.
May the bus be early, the clothes be clean and everybody be smiling so mommy can get back to her shit, because really…it IS all about us.