School hasn’t even started yet and I’m already slammed trying to organize everything. Three different sets of school supplies. Three different orientation and registration days. Three different bus times. Last year when I only had two schools to deal with it was pretty much a cakewalk, and now I have no idea how I’m going to swing all this. Couple this with the fact I work from five a.m. until usually after two p.m. and at some point, something’s gotta give. Parents and school stress is something so many of us deal with, I’m just not sure how I am going to deal with this.
My eldest is a junior in high school so it’s of upmost importance that he continues with his school activities, which are mandatory for his college transcripts. My other two want to participate in activities and sports, but my youngest will be in the magnet program which will mean extra homework. This same kid doesn’t arrive home until close to five so between homework, dinner, bath time and chill-out time I don’t know how she will be able to participate in soccer or cheerleading or whatever other things she wants to try.
I’ve got a new middle school student this year and any parent who has survived middle school can tell you it’s a doozy. Middle school is usually difficult for kids. They aren’t quite big kids, and they aren’t as coddled as the little ones. Middle school is usually when bullying and school stress rears its ugly heads and that coupled with pre-pubescent hormones means that not only do you get a kid with more school responsibility, but with a pile of little emotional minefields you have to help them navigate.
My middle school kid will also be attending a school that requires uniforms, so that will be new for him too, as well as the fact that his school is a lot larger than the elementary school he is used to. This is the kid I am most worried about. He is a sensitive dude, with a huge moral barometer, and I can pretty much guarantee that this year we will have issues. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I hadn’t considered just keeping him with me and attempting to homeschool him. I just don’t think I’m cut out for it.
My eldest is in the choir program at his high school, and it’s basically a full-time job. His program is very serious, and between rehearsals, fundraising and performances it’s pretty much the only thing he can do other than attend classes. Â He needs to complete driver’s ed. He wants to get involved in sporting activities. I also had hopes he could do some volunteer work but between his choir activities and classwork load I’m not sure that’s possible. His grades take top priority because after this he only has one year left. I’m not even sure when he will have time to sleep.Â