Scoring Some Back To School Traditions

back to school traditions scorecardIn an effort to keep gloating about the fact that my kids are in school (and yours probably aren’t yet) for as long as possible, I’m sharing some back to school traditions ideas with you.

If you’re looking for some fun ways to start the school year, this list is for you.  If you just want to see how wacky my friends are, then it’s still a great list.

Score Sheet for Back To School Traditions

(Because motherhood is a competitive sport, right?)

What?  It’s not?

OK then, I promise I rigged the scoring so that everyone rocks.  Honest.

(+1) Take photos of them in their back to school finery.  Bonus points for:

  • (+2) using photo props to identify their age or grade
  • (+3) taking the same photo on the last day of school (same outfit or props apply)
  • (+1) include a point of reference (height marker or landmark) in the photo
  • (+1) refrain from posting them to Instagram, FaceBook, or similar sites until AFTER the kids are in the school building

back to school tradition #1 - photos

(+1) Buy new clothes for the first day of school.  Bonus points for:
  • (+2) buy new shoes as well
  • (+3) refuse to allow the children to wear new clothes AND shoes until school starts
  • (+10) actually allow the kids to try clothes on at the store and participate in the selection process

(+2) Take your children out to eat for a special breakfast on the first day of school.

  • (-10) It was donuts.  (your kids need a healthy breakfast including protein)
  • (+5) Make a special “holiday” breakfast at home (something they wouldn’t normally get)

(+1) Write a note and tuck it into their lunchbox for the first day.  Bonus points for:

  • (+1) Remembering to write one the second day
  • (+5) Managing to write one for the entire first week

(+1) Serve a special snack after school

  • (+2) It was ice cream or frozen yogurt at an after-school meet-up with friends
  • (+3) It was made from scratch

(+5) Attend a boo-hoo breakfast with friends to celebrate/mourn your child’s first day of preschool or Kindergarten (or college)

  • (-10) Attend an organized boo-hoo breakfast in tears for any other year.

(+1) Buy new school supplies.  Bonus points for

  • (+5) Not buying them via a pre-packaged kit service
  • (+5) Allowing your kids to help select some or all of the school supplies
  • (+10) Attempting to sale shop and bargain hunt to stay in your back-to-school budget
  • (+10) Being smart enough to just buy the kit and save all that stress!

(+3) Buying new backpacks and/or lunch boxes.

  • (+2) Allowing your child to pick something with a character on it
  • (+2) Sticking to your budget and selling the “boring” backpack

(+5) New underwear and socks for everyone!  Even if they don’t “need” them.

(+1) New haircuts

(+3) Counting down the last week before school

  • (+5) You counted it down by hours
  • (-10) You started the count down in June.

(+10) Hold an “up all night” party of any sort at least a week before school starts.

  • (+10) There were children other than your own involved.
  • (+5) It included junk food
  • (-100) It was the night before school

(+8) Having a unique back-to-school tradition

  • (+2) If your kids think it is cool
(+10) Writing a blog post about going back to school

So How Do Your Back To School Traditions Rate?

(Totally non scientific scoring system!  I can change it to make you look better if you want me to).

Under 10 – Girlfriend, you need to spend more time on Pinterest!  Clearly you need to spend the first week of school with some intense “me time.”  Give yourself +20 points for surviving the summer.

11 to 50 – You rock mom.  High five.

51 to 80 – I hope you have an awesome blog.  Please leave the URL for your blog and pinboards so I can follow you.

81 and above – Put the glue gun down Martha.  Step away from the glue gun and no one gets hurt.

I scored a 37.  Care to share how your back to school traditions scored?  Did I miss your favorite tradition?

Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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  1. Love, love, love this!! I need to add up my score but I’m nervous. Our first day of school breakfast is donuts 🙂
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    • but if you give them a glass of milk then you have the protein covered, right? i’m sure your score is higher than mine because you rock!

      i used to see kids being taken into daycare carrying a half eaten coke and can of soda. that was the daily breakfast for one little boy at age 2.

      we have donuts every sunday. i’m sure their sunday school teachers wish we’d stop doing that.
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  2. OMG, what a cute post, I love it. I think I would be more upset when he gets on a bus, but being in daycare a few times a week hopefully will make it easer when he goes to school

    • i walked both kids into daycare, straight up to the classroom door. 1st day of kindergarden, i was allowed to walk him to the gym to join his class. after that, it was time to drop him off at the curb and trust that he’d get where he belonged.

      i was a basket case.

      i had hubby do the drop offs until i could handle it. i’m still not sure i could handle a bus. those are my babies!!!!! waaaahhh!!!!

  3. Did you really just give me a reason to spend my kids’ first day of school playing around on Pinterest? My score was a rather pathetic 20.5 AND they had donuts for breakfast this morning! LOL.
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  4. I believe my score will be -500, so um…..shall we just let it go?!?!? 😀
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    • You are obviously a much hipper and cooler mom than I can imagine. That score involved donuts and instagram. I award you the super secret hipster mom bonus of 550 points.

  5. I loose points for not putting notes in lunchboxes every day (but when I do it it’s an extra special treat because it’s not done every day) but I gain points by buying them all new socks and underwear.
    Your list is awesome!
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    • i was doing so good on the whole lunch note thing until this morning. we woke up late and had 20 minutes to get dressed, eat, and get the kids out the door. i hadn’t packed lunch boxes yet, so something had to give.

      i think socks and underwear are way more important than notes. especially if you are wearing khaki pants 😉

  6. I think I will lose points for tears in preschool.
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    • tears in preschool is totally allowed. 🙂 you’ll do fine. if you are worried about being sad, make a date with another mom for a pedicure right after drop off. it works wonders to help you enjoy preschool.

  7. What a fun quiz! I will have to sit down and calculate this tomorrow. SO glad you linked up!
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  8. Um…I scored a 49 if I did all the math right in my head without writing it down. Fun!
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